The Shock of the New: Modern Materials, Media and Methods
Joint Objects and Electron Special Interest Groups Symposium
8 to 10 February 2017 at Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia

The AICCM Objects and Electron SIG welcome you to register for the symposium The Shock of the New: Modern Materials, Media and Methods, to be held at the Royal Exhibition Building Theatrette in Melbourne from 8-9 February 2017. Workshops associated with this event will be held on Friday 10 February.

The program includes over 20 presentations from conservators and researchers around Australia and the world, as well as renowned invited speakers Dragan Espenschied (Rhizome, USA) and Kate Dunn (UNSW).

To download the latest programme click here

Registration includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch for the two days. Optional is a symposium dinner to be held at Ichi Ni Nana, a fabulous Japanese restaurant on nearby Brunswick Street.

Organising Committee: 
Helen Privett, Karina Palmer, Di Whittle, Bronwyn Dunn, Gerald Preiss, Stuart Fuller, Somaya Langley

For any queries on this event please contact Helen on

Workshop Information

Please note you don't have to attend the Symposium to register for the workshops!


Emulation-as-a-service is a digital architecture which allows legacy computer systems to run in standard web browser. This allows access to historical digital documents and software in their native environments and conservation of digital culture in an authentic and user friendly way. This workshop will be a practical introduction to this architecture, led by Dragan Espenschied. Computers will be provided to participants for use during the workshop.

Web Archiving

Webrecorder is a novel, open source web archiving tool, developed and led by the Rhizome team under expert Preservation Director, Dragan Espenschied. This workshop will be a practical introduction to web archiving software and techniques using Webrecorder. Computers will be provided to participants for use during the workshop.

Introduction to Arduino and microcontrollers

The workshop will be an introductory session on microcontrollers commonly used by artists, with hands-on training with the Arduino hardware, software and coding language.  Participants will put together basic circuits, edit code within the Arduino IDE and upload code to the Arduino board.  The workshop will also address common problems that can occur with these technologies and troubleshooting methods to identify and resolve these.

Michelle Woulahan is a Melbourne based artist and educator, practicing under the artist name Antoinette J. Citizen. Her work has been exhibited widely in Australia, in both solo and group shows including – GOMA (Brisbane), MUMA (Melbourne), Artspace (Sydney), West Space (Melbourne), and IMA (Brisbane) and internationally in Luxembourg, Germany, United Kingdom, Milan and New Zealand.

Woulahan holds a BFA with Honours from QUT and was awarded a Ph.D. in Visual Art from RMIT for her practice-led research on the quantified self in 2015. Through the City of Melbourne, Woulahan facilitates workshops for the public in creative technologies with specific focus on Arduino, electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, and coding.

Immersive VR experiences in archaeological sites

Simon Young is a PhD student in Classical archaeology at University of Melbourne, working on observer experiences of ancient cityscapes. During his research Simon has become acquainted with 3D visualisation software (and through the use of photogrammetry and 3D printing) and has created archaeologically correct digital reconstructions of ancient cityscapes. He has also incorporated Virtual Reality devices (particularly the Oculus Rift) to experience ancient cities on site. This free workshop includes an introduction to the application of this technique, as well as an opportunity to experience the 3D experience. For further information about Simon's immersive reality projects, go to his Lithodomos site