Keynote Speakers

Stella Battaglia
Museo Galileo – Institute and Museum of the History of Science
Florence, Italy

Sculptor (Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze). After working in dance and theatre, she turned to the figurative arts focusing on the theme of perspective and anamorphosis accompanied by an in-depth study of optical distortion in sculpture.
Her reflection on the relationship between vision and object, between the two dimensions of the image and the three dimensions of sculpture (2D – 3D) has led to the creation of works in a wide range of materials, traditional and otherwise, including video installations. The image is taken as a point of departure for a shape that develops through space in a rhythmic, dynamic manner. A sense of motion predominates and this enters into resonance with the motion of the observer walking around the work.
Collaboration with the Museo Galileo – Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence has been of major importance. Together with Gianni Miglietta, she has realized installations for various national and international exhibitions (starting in 2001 with In the Sign of Masaccio. The Invention of Perspective, Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi) and workshops on the theme of the relationship between vision and representation, art and science.
She collaborates regularly with the Facoltà di Architettura di Firenze, corso di Geometria Descrittiva.
She was called upon by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure for consultation on the perspective used in the bas-relief of the Pulpit of Donatello in the church of San Lorenzo, Florence; consultation about optical proportions of the Vittoria alata di Brescia.
Her artworks are shown in Paris (France), Galerie BOA; Shanghai (China), Wison Art Museum; Vero Beach (Florida, Usa) ACA Art Concept Alternative.

Museo Galileo

Naho Yamashita

Ishoken/Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center
Tajimi, Japan
Ceramic Design

Yamashita Naho is affiliated with Ishoken (Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center, Japan), which was established sixty years ago, back in 1959. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree (Design in Craft and Industrial) from the Design Department at Okayama Prefectural University, Japan. Her fields of specialization include Ceramics design, Plaster molding, and Slipcasting. At Ishoken, she is a group leader and is in charge of the International Office and Human Resources Development. Her main professional achievements are as follows:

  • YOU- Ceramic DNA -DESIGN & ART for USE- (Korean Cultural Center Beijing, China 2018)
  • Exhibition “FUTURE OF ASIA – Contemporary Ceramic Arts “(Icheon CERAPIA, Korea 2017)
  • Exhibition “Utsuwa” from Tokai, Koshinetsu (The Museum of Arts & Crafts. ITAMI/Itami city, Hyogo 2015)
  • Winning a “Choza Award” at Choza Award Contemporary Ceramic Design Biennial Exhibition(Tokoname City, Aichi 2014)
  • Exhibition “MINO-TOUJI 100″(Tajimi City, Gifu 2014)
  • Exhibition “MINO CERAMIC NOW 2012″(Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu/Tajimi City, Gifu 2012)
  • Winning a ” Bronze Award” at The 9th International Ceramics Competition MINO (2011)
  • Ceramic factory Design Category /”MINO-TOSUI KAKUTOKURI -Ichitakasa project-“

Dr. Armen Kazaryan

State Institute for Art Studies of the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation
Moscow, Russian Federation 

Armen Kazaryan, Dr. in the History of Arts, Director of the Research Institute for Theory and History of Architecture and Town Planning (NIITIAG), and Vice-Director of the State Institute for Art Studies, both at Moscow. Hi is a member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences, of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, and honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts. His four-volume study „Church Architecture of the Seventh Century in Transcaucasian Countries: Formation and Development of the Tradition“ (Moscow, 2012–2013, in Russian) was honored with the Europa Nostra Award (2014) and with the Toros Toramanian Award (2016). Nowadays, he takes part in a large study of the architecture of Ani, the medieval capital of Armenia. He has cooperated with Turkish colleagues and the World Monuments Fund on the field of documentation and conservation of the monuments of Armenian architecture in the Eastern Turkey. Another current research is focused on the architecture of the Armenian churches and monasteries of southern provinces of modern-day Russia, from Crimea to Astrakhan.