The Multidisciplinary Grid 2020

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November 23, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Chinese History / Studies, Fine Arts, Theatre & Performance History / Studies

As an ordering device, the grid has always played a significant role in shaping the spatial imaginaries of a wide range of fields. From Hippodamus of Miletus to the Cartesian revolution in mathematics, from infrastructural and communication networks to 'smart cities' and artificial intelligence, from the visual arts to archaeology and urban planning it is commonly viewed as a quintessential symbol of modernity.


The conference is aimed at examining the grid (open to ANY association) as a cross-disciplinary theme with a multiplicity of expressions in terms of definitions, concepts, perceptions, representations, histories, geo-coded networks and technical operations. It is also aimed at exploring a new horizon of relationships between humans, between machines, and between humans and machines bridging upon philosophical, cultural, pedagogical, technical and ethical issues.  The conference will thus foster a fruitful dialogue concerning the past, present and future among researchers, practitioners and artists at any stage of their career.


Deatlied Program


The HIT Multidisciplinary Grid 2020 Conference 

Conference Program – Monday, 23 November 2020 [GMT+3]


10:00–10:30    Welcome and greetings

Prof. Eduard Yakubov, President, HIT


                        Opening remarks

Dr. Nava Shaked, Head, the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, HIT    


10:30-11:00     Keynote lecture

Data Science – A Primary Enabler to an Academic Grid

Professor Niv Ahituv, Collar School of Management, Tel Aviv University


Session I: Educational Environments of the Grid | 11:00-12:00


Duet A


Deployment of an Educational Grid Enhanced by a Humanoid Robot (HR): A Showcase of an Implementation in a Team-Based Training

Dr. Dan Kohen-Vacs and Prof. Gila Kurtz, Faculty of Instructional Technologies, HIT


Storytelling in Virtual Reality: A Multidisciplinary and Immersive Experience with a Grid Methodology for Students 

Tom Peeters, Kristof Timmerman, Dr. Silvia Van Aken, Jeroen Cluckers, Dr. Wannes Heirman, and Frederik Marain,  AP University of Applied Science and Arts, Antwerp (Belgium)


Duet B (in parallel)


Learning in the Grid: The Socio-spatial Processes that Shape Learning in the Digital Era 

Dr. Hagit Meishar-Tal, Faculty of Instructional Technologies, HIT


What if…? Chemistry-Art Fusion in Action

Dr. Debora Marchak, Science-Teaching Department, the Weizmann Institute of Science & Ort Arad Highschool



Session II: Gridded Plans and Architectures | 12:00-13:00


Duet A


Practical Town Planning, Urban Art, and Geography: The Grid Specialized

Prof. Renato Leão Rego, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, State University of Maringá, Brazil


Centrifugal versus Processional: Divine Power and Mundane Power in Ancient Chinese Funeral Grids

Dr. Shaoqian Zhang, Department of Art, Graphic Design, and Art History, Oklahoma State University


Duet B (in parallel)


Rediscovering Cerdá’s Grid Plan

Arch. Daniel Azerrad, Ariel University's School of Architecture


The Gridded Society: Residential Patterns and Social Mobility in Spanish American Cities in the 18th Century   |   Dr. Hillel Eyal, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, HIT



Virtual tour at HIT's multidisciplinary Vitrina Gallery| 13:00-13:30 


A visit at the 3D digital expo: Gridded Fabric(-actions)


Prelude: Dr. Liora Bigon, Department of Multidisciplinary Studies, HIT



Session III: The Grid – Artistic Impressions | 13:30-14:30


Duet A


The Grid in Sound: How the Tools Shape Us

Prof. Dr. Josef (Seppo) Gründler, FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences


Between Technological and Aesthetic Grids: Philosophical Challenges Posed by AI Artists  

Sagit Alkobi Fishman, Independent Digital Artist & New Media Scholar


Duet B (in parallel)


The Grids of Computational Art Production, or: On a Convergence of Artist, Instrument Maker, and Fabricator   |    Frank Bauer, Elsa-Neumann PhD Fellow, Institute for Architecture and Urban Planning, Berlin University of the Arts


LEGEND: Art as a Grid of Truths and Lies 

Arch. Tamer Lev-On, Faculty of Design, HIT



Session IV: Grids of Biology and Technology | 14:30-15:30


Duet A


Bio-Inspired Grid Strategies for Collective Coordination

Dr. Sayfan G. Borghini, Faculty of Design, HIT


Meditation on Biology and Technology: Mechanisms as a Grid

Dr. Amos Bardea, Faculty of Engineering, HIT


Duet B (in parallel)


Locating Facilities by the Properties of the Hexagonal Regular Grid 

Dr. Shai Gul, Faculty of Sciences, HIT and Prof. Reuven Cohen, Mathematics Dept., Bar-Ilan University


Measures of Well-Being and Technology Intensity in a Grid Framework 

Prof. Arik Sadeh, Faculty of Technology Management, HIT


Open Circle | 15:30-16:00       


Discussant: Prof. Dr. Andreas Zehetner, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (FH OÖ)

Contact Info: 

The Multidiciplinary Studies Department, HIT - Holon Institute of Technology 

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