MIEM Presented its Laboratory’s Works in Paris
A unique photo exhibition, ‘Russian Photographer Sergey Chelnokov’s View. Stereography, Russia and Europe, 1880 – 1917’, was held at Paris city administration as part of the Moscow Days in Paris.
The exhibition was organized by the Higher School of Economics, the Moscow Government, the Paris city administration, and the Sergey Chelnokov Foundation. Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, and Sergey Sobyanin, the Mayor of Moscow, opened the exhibition.
HSE played a key role in uncovering the forgotten archive by Sergey Chelnokov. It was exhibited at HSE, and then at the Museum of Moscow. Aside from its considerable historical importance, it opened up opportunities for technological experimentation and the application of cutting-edge technologies in visual communications. Developments by the MIEM Laboratory of Internet Technologies and Services (headed by Boris Linetskiy) and MIEM Laboratory of 3D Imaging and Computer Graphics (headed by Alexey Rolich) made it possible not only to view these historic photos, but to get inside the pictures of the past and to touch the reality of the images thanks to a unique 3D movie produced using these archive photos. The two ways of presenting the photos, the traditional way and in a 3D movie, made the exhibition really interesting for the thousands of Parisians who came to visit it.
The ceremonial closing of the exhibition included a discussion on ‘Visual memory and history. Collective and individual phenomenon’. During the discussion, Dmitry Novikov (HSE School of Philosophy) put forward his thoughts on ‘Hidden violence of the image and the problem of archives’. Andrey Korlyakov, a historian with a particular interest in Russian emigration (Paris) spoke about ‘Visual memory in the photos of emigrants’ children’. Alexey Rolich presented a report on ‘Visualization using 3D technologies in museums and exhibitions and stereo-pictures by Sergey Chelnokov’. Kira Sapgir, a Russian-French writer, Inna Merkulova, Head of the Russian Centre in Paris, French journalists, and movie directors, took part in the discussion.
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