26th Berlin EVA – Conference


November 06 - 08, 2019

Click here to download the Call for Papers for EVA Berlin 2019.

Click here to download the Template for contributions for EVA Berlin 2019.

Credibility and uniqueness are the currency of cultural heritage. The narrative of the objects and the aura of their material presence constitute the spaces of experience in which collective memory gain substance and intensity. Museums, libraries, archives and concert halls unfold the impact of culture primarily through the real and material presence of things and the authority of physical sensory perception. They are the «teddy bears» of postfactual modernism, who seem to compensate for the loss of trust in the fragmented and increasingly immaterial world.

The ever accelerating convergence of virtual and material spheres brings movement to this paradigm. More and more functions and contexts of the art, the museums and their collections are being shifted to digital instances. Virtual replicas represent the original work in cyberspace, and generate new contexts, narratives, perspectives and options for interrelations.

It is generally expected to regard digital replicas with the same confidence and trustworthiness as we do with the material objects in our museums and archives. In digital media, however, credibility is a fragile construct. The costs of reliable validation interfere with the interpretability of digital replicas or, even worse, lead to fakes and history factions. “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” is the popular paraphrase of this dilemma.

Against this background, the claim «Based on Trust», which we put before the upcoming EVA conference, refers to all areas of the «virtualization of the museum», to innovative reproduction and visualization techniques in 2D, 3D, sound and video formats as well as to einstallations, explorative VR applications and the semantic storytelling of an associative AI. Authenticity and credibility do not arise by themselves, but result from elaborate attribution processes and data curatorial expertise. New credibility technologies and certification procedures offer the opportunity to ensure the integrity of data, transparently and permanently. For the public, for education, science, research and the creative industries, the full dividend of the digital transformation of cultural heritage can be seen when the identity-creating ‘originality’ and ‘uniqueness’ of the museum is also transferred to its digital formatting: «If it is not accurate, it might as well not exist!»

The 26th Berlin EVA Conference invites you to present current positions and practical applications on these topics. We expect innovative contributions for the conference and for application-oriented workshops. Processes, projects and products can be exhibited at the same time or presented in the poster session. As part of the international EVA conference network, the Berlin event is a platform for transnational exchange and European co-operation.

  • Imaging: digital image acquisition methods in 2D and 3D
  • Visualization: from dataset to user interface
  • Modelling: 3D models and replicas between point clouds and dust clouds
  • Narratives: stories between curator and AI
  • Performing Arts: e-installations, dynamic video and digital concert halls
  • Event Formats: Collections between selfies and instawalks
  • Strategies: Digital Asset Management, documentation and metadata standards
  • Credibility: Smart Contracts, Blockchain, Certificates
  • Licensing: between Open Access and commercial industries
  • Cultural heritage institutions, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Cybercrime and data theft – Pishing, bots, fakes and the digital cultural heritage
  • Initiatives, collaborative projects and cooperations for culture: Europeana, DDB, specialist and collaborative portals
Submission of Proposals:
  • Lectures

Please submit an abstract of your proposals for papers (1-2 pages). The abstract should contain title, author and the scope of the paper and refer to focus areas and topics outlined in the Call for Papers. The time allotted for presentations is 20 minutes.

  • Workshops

Workshops can be offered on specific topics addressed. The planned duration (2 to 4 hours) is to be arranged individually.

  • Exhibition/ Postersession

Presentations, projects, posters and new products for the accompanying exhibition on November 8th, 2018, can be submitted.  Commercial companies and vendors are asked to cover a booth fee of 100 €.

  • Proceedings:

The accepted speakers and exhibitors will be asked for a manuscript or a presentation slide for the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be published both in print and online.

Please submit your proposals online at:


Submission of Manuscripts

Speakers and exhibitors are asked to submit the full version of their contribution for the conference proceedings. Please use the following model to edit your manuscript:

Download Template Contribution Long Version (English)

Please submit your contribution as a Word or as a Open-Office document (no PDF, document size 10 MB max.). The scope of the article remains at the author’s discretion. The  page count should, however, range from 1 to 12 pages. 

15/09/2019     Submission of proposals

22/09/2019    Information about acceptance of papers

14/09/2019   Submission of manuscripts for the conference proceedings