Computer Space Festival – Programme – 35th edition

Computer Space Festival – Programme – 35th edition

The thirty-fifth edition of the international forum for computer arts “Computer space” includes a competition part and a festival program. The festival program will be held from 26.10.2023 (Thursday) to 28.10.2023 (Saturday) in the National Student House, Sofia.

All events in the programme are free but prior registration is necessary. Register to receive an invitation to the in-person events.

1. About
2. Exhibitions
3. Festival part
Awarding ceremony
Thursday – 26.10.2023
Friday- 27.10.2023
Saturday – 28.10.2023
4. Partners and organizers
5. Contacts

2. Exhibitions

Location: National student house, ground floor, Pl. Narodno sabranie 10, Sofia

All events in the programme are free but prior registration is necessary. Register to receive an invitation to the in-person events – click here to get an invitation.

13:00 – 19:3013:00 – 19:3013:00 – 19:30
Exhibition working hours

Writing with light

Student Computer Art Society

Light and dark are the masters of our emotions, light and dark intertwine in every day, light and dark reveal our thoughts. Light and dark are part of images and movements. The “Light Painting” exhibition and seminar will reveal to us some of the magic of light and darkness. The retro exhibition of iconic old film projectors will immerse us in the tape era and showcase iconic film projector brands from more than 70 years ago, such as Bolex, Eumig, Kodak and the Bulgarian Pleven-1 projector. Walks around Bulgaria, the streets of Bulgarian cities and villages, holidays and weekdays from the past will come to life in the moving pictures.

Light Diffusion


The audience will immerse itself in an ethereal space where reality and illusion entwine. Through an interplay of mesmerizing visuals and immersive illusions, viewers will witness the synergy between art and technologies, which will provoke the perception to ignite the imagination.

Tetris Tower

Emiliya Usheva, TUES

This interactive installation reimagines the iconic Tetris game, transforming it into a multi-dimensional experience that challenges conventional perceptions of play and connectivity. In a configuration of displays, each distinct shape materializes on a separate screen, its trajectory and orientation controlled by the user via a joystick. This immersive creation underscores the idea of adaptability, as participants must coordinate their actions to align these pieces into harmonious forms and reimagine the already established rules of the popular game.


Tihomir Garmenliev, TUES

ELUDO is an interactive installation that breathes new life into the timeless game of “Ludo” by seamlessly digitizing it while fostering genuine human connections in a tech-saturated world. This device accommodates a game for up to four players, offering a much-needed escape from the incessant grip of our mobile screens. ELUDO not only revitalizes a classic game but infuses it with an exciting electronic twist, igniting the competitive spirit.


Ivan Georgiev, TUES

OnlyLeds is a project that enables the viewers seamlessly control a WS2812B LED strip using an Arduino Uno. It offers a wide range of settings, including brightness settings, temperature and correction options, customizable RGB and HSV colors, and a range of presets.


Secondary School “D. Debelyanov”, Varna

“Hardware City” is a creative installation that transports the viewers to a mesmerizing miniature metropolis of a unique kind. This captivating project meticulously recreates a bustling cityscape, achieved through the use of discarded hardware parts, and features intricately designed streets, objects, landscaping, and enchanting street lighting.

WACOM tablet


Представяне на Wacom Cintiq Pro 27

3. Festival part

All events in the programme are free but prior registration is necessary. Register to receive an invitation to the in-person events – click here to get an invitation

Thursday – 26.10.2023

Location: National student house, ground floor, Pl. Narodno sabranie 10, Sofia

13:00 – 15:30

Computer Space 2023 awarding ceremony

Forum opening and awarding ceremony for the winners of the competition part of “Computer space 2023”. Invitation only event, request your invitation below.

Hall “Kamerna zala”, National Student House.

Computer And Electronic Music


Exhibition opening

Official opening of the exhibition part of Computer Space 2023. The participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the exhibits and their authors.

17:00 – 18:00


Vladimir Vlaev

The presentation describes the engineering, design and artistic application of a prototype of a custom musical instrument. HexApp is an original development based on the qualities of a six-channel adapter (hexaphonic pickup) having the property of capturing the signal of each guitar string on a separate audio channel. The presentation follows the steps undertaken in the process of building the hardware and software components of the system for digital audio processing of the incoming six-channel signal. Furthermore, examines the technical, compositional and aesthetic ideas and solutions embedded in the design of the hybrid instrument.

Pervade the Space — an electro-instrumental sound performance

Pervade the Space creates an original interplay between the acoustic sound, the physical gesture of the performer and the digitally processed sound result. Pervade the Space is an exploration of the artistic possibilities of a prototype custom acoustic-digital hybrid instrument—HexApp—a computer-based digital sound processing system designed to transform acoustic sound in real time. HexApp is an instrument that can be described as a hybrid …, acoustic – digital hybrid, natural – artificial, traditional – innovative hybrid of 6 independent, interdependent, unpredictably predictable components of a dynamic – static soundscape.

Computer Graphics and Animation

18:30 – 19:30

Anim-actor and E-motion

Gianluca Fratellini,

Gianluca Fratellini, a 3D animation expert from Modugno, Italy, who kickstarted his journey in the field at the age of 14. Over the years, he crafted a remarkable career with standout roles in popular movies like “Happy Feet,” “Hotel Transylvania,” “Epic”, “Rio 2”, “Peanuts”, “Ice Age: Collision Course” , “Dumbo”, “The Lion King”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” and many others. Gianluca’s expertise also extends to working on award-winning short films, teaching, and supervising animation in prestigious studios, solidifying his status as an animation luminary.

Lecture language: English

Friday – 27.10.2023

Location: National student house, ground floor, Pl. Narodno sabranie 10, Sofia

Graphic design, a segment in collaboration with lecturers from New Bulgarian University (NBU)

13:00 – 13:20

Play of light, illusion and reality

Rumjana Stefanova

Each color is the result of the property of the human eye to react in contact with light. As a result of this process, a diverse palette of colors is created, flowing into each other, passing into shades in the shadows and submerging the darkness completely. The presentation presents the characteristic features of these processes, with the emphasis on light illusions skillfully used in print and digital computer graphics projects.
The parallel between light and dark is a frequently, as well as a very convenient, tool used in the projects and art installations of a number of artists.

13:20 – 13:40

Importance of colors in graphic design

Stoyan Manchorov

The presentation synthesizes the psychology of colors and how to apply it in graphic design. The symbolism of each color used in graphic design is analyzed. Visual examples of the use of colors in established brands are presented.

13:40 – 14:00

A digital revival of a mid-twentieth century decorative font

Ivan Ginev

The story of a font. How do we revive an artistic typeface created in the analog age using modern typographic technologies? Do old fonts have a place in modern graphic and product design? Work process, professional observations, examples from world practice.

Digitization of cultural heritage

14:30 – 15:00


Peter Balabanov

DigiAmphorae is a project that contributes to the modernization and accessibility of the European higher education (HE) in the fields of Archaeology, History and Cultural heritage management by developing and supporting innovative teaching approaches and by promoting the use of digital practices in education and research. The project addresses also the need for modern educational materials in the field of ancient amphorae via digitizing and publishing a set of amphorae, stored in different museums in Bulgaria and Romania, developing educational units for the purposes of specialized HE as well as educational videos and other resources. All of the developed project results are free and with open access.

15:00 – 15:30


Rosen Petkov

The Erasmus+ project Mobile low-cost digitizing of vintage films (Mobireel) is a collaborative initiative that aims to address the significant challenges faced by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions in digitizing, preserving and promoting their digitized film collections with a focus in so called home film and video formats (8mm, Super 8, VHS, SVHS etc.).

15:30 – 16:00


Sandra Blazheva

Digital Restoration Lab is a project aimed at systematizing, integrating, and disseminating modern practices for restoration, digitization, digital restoration, and exposure of antique photographs. The most valuable priority of the project is the inclusion of photographic collections in the European digital information fund. A large part of the cultural institutions in Europe own photographic collections and have focused on digitizing their collections. The common problem is that mass digitization cannot solve the important problems related to the physical survival of old photographs. It is also necessary to take into account the difficulties accompanying the electronic processing of archival photographs.

Cyber Security, new technologies and micro-electronics

16:30 – 17:15

Cyber Security

Svetlin Iliev, chairman of Digital Innovation Hub Trakia

Hristian Daskalov, director of National Student House

Stanislav Atanasov, Cyber Security Expert

It is clear that the more open we are to the world through the multitude of different communications, the more vulnerable we are to information theft, misuse, misrepresentation and manipulation. In this invasion of information, Artificial Intelligence has also joined, there are a number of known examples of fake videos of famous people “talking” about various issues. However, artificial intelligence is speaking. Education in this area is becoming increasingly important. Leading experts will present the modern aspects of cyber security.

17:15 – 17:45

CYBERYOUTH – Non-formal education for cyber-security training & resilience of youth organisations and young people

Raising awareness in young people in regards to proper cyber-security practices and methods has proven to be an important activity not just for personal cyebersecurity but also for the opportunities to study and work in the field. Through collaboration alongside cyber-security focused small and medium enterprises we have explored the different opportunities in cyber professions. Together with youth workers and cybersecurity organizations, CYBERYOUTH has created a number of training and capacity building tools that help students and other youth organization to aqure the sills needed to take advantage of the new opportunities and remain safe.

17:45 – 18:45

ECoVEM – European centre of vocational excellence in microelectronics

The ECoVEM project brings together Vocational Education and Training (VET) centres, polytechnics, industrial associations, social partners to establish the European Cooperation platform of Vocational Excellence in Microelectronics to tackle the challenges of digitalisation, artificial intelligence, green technologies, gender equality and technology and integration of migrants. ECoVEM builds on and complements the strengths of national VET systems in countries with more-advanced VET and supports the not so advanced regions to achieve VET excellence. ECoVEM implements innovative instructional approaches towards life-long capacity to self-regulate learning, hard skills and soft skills using the ecosystems-based theoretical models and performance support systems.

Saturday – 28.10.2023

Location: National student house, ground floor, Pl. Narodno sabranie 10, Sofia

Writing with light

14:00 – 14:30

Writing with light – the first Bulgarian photographers

Rosen Petkov

The development of photography is related with the light registration. The development of photographs is related to the motion registration. The first photographers are often called themselves writers with light. The presentation will cover some of the first Bulgarian photography ateliers and will show some real examples of vintage photographs from those ateliers.

14:30 – 15:00

Light as an aid to education and propaganda – a retrospect of a past

Valentin Milev

A historical intersection of light technology, education, and propaganda, offering a retrospective examination of how various societies have harnessed the power of light to both educate and manipulate. The lecture explores the creative ways in which light has been employed as a tool for enlightenment and influence, shedding light on the intriguing relationship between illumination and the dissemination of ideas throughout history.

15:00 – 15:30

The first Bulgarian electric lamps

Anton Orush

The presentation will trace the production path of the first Bulgarian electric lamps – “BELFA” – from the foundation in 1933 until the company ceased operations. We will meet the industrialist Apostol Stefanov – the creator of “BELFA” – and find out what makes Bulgarian electric lamps one of the best in Europe for its time.

15:30 – 16:00

Writing with light in the home archives

Kevork Vanlyan

In this presentation, as we explore the treasure trove of memories hidden within home archives filled with old photographs, home movies VHS tapes… Journey through the heritage of analog media and the creative ways these visual artifacts capture the past. Learn how these cherished memories can be preserved and reimagined, breathing new life into the moments and stories that shape our personal histories.

4. Partners and organizers

Student Computer Art Society

SCAS is the creator of “Computer Space” and is responsible for the very existence of the forum since its beginning. SCAS and Center for the Development of Computer Technologies and Arts are the main organizers of the competition as well as the festival part of “Computer Space”. Every year it provides the traditional statuette of the forum for the winners in the competition part, as well as certificates and other material and financial prizes. SCAS organizes the awarding ceremony and selects the seminar participants. Independent jury from well known experts will evaluate the submitted projects in the contest part.

National Culture fund of Bulgaria

The project is implemented with the financial support of the National Fund “Culture” under the program “RESTORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZATIONS IN THE FIELD OF AMATEUR ART”

Sofia municipality

Computer Space is included in the Calendar of Cultural Events of Sofia Municipality

“Computer space 2023” is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality and is organized with the support of the Sofia Municipality.

The event is also supported by the National Student House at the Ministry of Education and Science.

The competition part is organized with the support of Bulgarian design group.

Part of the exhibition is organized with the support of the New Bulgarian University.

Students from the Technological School “Electronic Systems” at TU-Sofia participate in the exhibition.

5. Contacts
+359 88 8709488 (13:30 – 18:00, ЕЕТ)