Information carriers, universities, bohemia. The TV series “Artifact” is about spiritual and tangible values created by the humankind, material expressions of human imaginary thoughts, their philosophical and practical meaning.
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Universities, part 2

The public-political state of Western Europe changed fundamentally following the fall of Roman Empire. A unique scientific-educational culture was established resulting from complex relationships between ancient, Christian, Islamic, barbaric traditions, which served as a basis for the very first Western-European universities. These schools reached to such degree of perfection that laid the foundation of most reputable universities of the present world.

Universities, part 1

The origins of current Western education trace back to Ancient Rome and Greece. There were certain forms of higher education in China, India, Near-East countries as well.
Historiography possesses a number of conspicuous testimonies on various higher educational systems established in the old and ancient world civilizations. What knowledge do we possess nowadays and what is our understanding of the goals and functions of the so-called higher educational system
Lilit Minasyan, historian
Smbat Hovhannisyan, historian


House-shelter, part 1

Men, like any living body, have a need for self-defence. They are said to have built the very first house in order to satisfy that core need. However, a house is not there just for its physical significance. It has always gained deeper importance by its spiritual meaningfulness expressed at all times and with all nations. The first part of the TV program is about the applied and ritual-worship meaning of house-building, from prehistorical times to nowadays.


Bohemia, part 2

The perception of bohemia changes over time. Controversial associations incite interest. There were expressions of bohemia in Armenian reality too. At present, the so-called “bohemia” rather carries the meaning of a “brand” and serves as a handy tool for commercial benefits.

Information Carriers, part 1

All those objects used to maintain and transfer information are considered information carriers. This part of the program presents the development history of information carriers, starting from pictograms to the invention of prinitng in Europe. 
Pictograms, graphical writings on rocks, cuneiform tablets, paper, papyrus, twisted cylinder, codex -- the book with pages, all of these are viewed and interpreted as information carriers. 
Karen Matevosyan, historian 
Armine Zohrabyan, numismatist

Bohemia, part 1

The aftermath of French Revolution introduced significant social changes into the lives of people of art. Their new life-style was reflected with a romantic pathos in novels, musical pieces. Such life-style was called “bohemia”. Today, this word raises different, but tempting and extraordinary associations. However, things are not as simple as they may seem.

Universities, part 4

In early 19th century Wilhelm von Humboldt founded the University of Berlin, which was a new stage for the development of schientific-education culture for Western civilization. It affects positively on the development of educational system in Armenia. Currently, the developments take place faster bringing about a number of new issues. Intergration of national educational institutions is one of the mandates. As for our educational system, what state is it in, what possibilities exist to integrate with scientific cultural institutions.

Universities, part 3

Universities, part 3

Information Carriers, part 2

Man has used information storage and transferring media – the carriers, since pre-historic times. Along with the development of carriers, big changes in the quality of public, cultural, political life take place. The industrial or technological revolution of 19th century makes an overturn in the area of information carriers: the photograph, telegram, film, radio and telephone are invented. The information carriers of 20th century develop in a faster pace: the invention of computer, creation of networks change the world… every day.