pARTicipate - New methods for the comprehension of Public Art

The aim of this project is to develop an application for smartphones and computers that will enable the general user to find works of art that are in the public domain, and to have interactive access to all their relevant data.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Additional departments Engineering and Information Technology
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
    Research Institute for the Security in the Information Society RISIS
    Institute for Data Applications and Security (IDAS)
  • Research unit IDAS / Data Science and Engineering (DSE)
    RISIS / Security Engineering Lab
    Material analyses
    Teaching material competence in training and further education
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.05.2014 - 30.04.2016
  • Project management Sebastian Dobrusskin
  • Head of project Sebastian Dobrusskin

Course of action

The primary goal is thus to develop an interactive information service. When using the application, the public should also have a collaborative monitoring function with regard to the state of conservation of the works of art. In an initial project phase, the users will have the possibility of establishing direct contact with the researchers in order to optimise the application to meet their needs. In a second phase, a response tool is planned for the application that will enable the user to provide feedback to the owners about the state of the artworks (e.g. to report any vandalism, deterioration etc.). The project is a collaboration with the Canton of Fribourg and the cities of Bern and Basel.