Cultural Osmosis - Mythology & Art
July 9, 2018 - June 8, 2021
NCSR budget: 134,627€
The abundance of Greek mythology, combined with the need to preserve and spread the intangible cultural heritage, constitute the incentive towards the exploration of new ways to depict and narrate these fascinating “stories”. The COSMOS proposal aims at the wide diffusion and the better understanding of this complex and monumental work, by means of an attractive, user-friendly and easily accessible tool.The main goal is to easily visualize the correlations among their three basic elements, the stories, the characters featured in them and the places these stories are set. COSMOS includes the representations of myths in ancient artworks, highlighting the correlations with the depicted characters, the places where the art was produced, as well as their present location.
COSMOS offers the opportunity to record the Greek mythology, both in written and visual forms. Furthermore, it constitutes a trigger for expanding this project internationally, including mythologies and artworks of other cultures. Its further enrichment and development will allow the comparative study of mythologies from remote civilizations (geographically and chronologically) and will open up new horizons in the scientific research, drawing conclusions on the process of the human way of thinking over time.
The partners of this proposal are Ekdotike Athenon as project coordinator and the Integrated Systems Laboratory of the Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications on behalf of the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”.