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LUXLAB: Advanced Digital Imaging Workshop #1

LUXLAB: scanning 18m scroll painting, 'Pacifying the South China Sea Pirates', Hong Kong Maritime Museum

LUXLAB: Advanced Digital Imaging Workshop #1

Event dates

Tuesday, 9 September, 2014 to Saturday, 13 September, 2014


9 September 2014 - 1:00pm

Research areas

For the first time in Australia, this professionals workshop focuses on practical understandings of new imaging technology for preservation, conservation and, visionary uses in exhibition. LUXLAB Workshop #1 draws on the experience and technologies of Kyoto University’s Advanced Imaging Lab that has scanned of over 8000 seminal artworks and national treasures throughout the world.

LUXLAB is a new initiative of the National Institute for Experimental Arts at UNSW Art & Design, bringing these technologies to the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) sector regionally while joining  a network of laboratories located in the United Kingdom, Europe, Egypt, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Korea.

High-resolution optically resolved scanning is a process for scientific recording of cultural heritage, art and archival material which does not involve image interpolation. It is a vital for conservation and preservation, providing true-color, exceptional quality and very high resolution images (up to 5000 DPI). These images are the best possible resources for scientific analysis and colour science, but also provide cultural organisations with unparalleled opportunities for making their collections available for diverse public audiences. LUXLAB engages with the frontiers of imaging technologies, with 4K and 8K revolution in screen and tablets, in immersive environment design and web enabled streaming.

The workshop is designed for diverse interests in the GLAM’s sector, ranging from scanning technologies through to interactive exhibitions. Participants are free to join all or part of the scheduled seminars, case studies and demonstration sessions. Two scanners will be installed for the workshop and participants are encouraged to propose an object they would like to scan. Extensive printed documentation on scanning techniques will be available for all participants.

In association with LUXLAB Workshop #1, an exhibition of ultra high-resolution images of rare and important heritage from major museums and collections from across Asia and Europe will be installed at Galleries UNSW. The latest 4K display and projection systems from top developers in Japan (Toshiba, Panasonic, Sharp, etc) will be demonstrated using interactive viewing software and technical questions will be answered.



Workshop A (not-for-profits) 9th September, 1pm - 6pm & 10th September 10am - 6pm + reception
For Australian Museum Photogra­phers, plus other technical professionals: demonstrations, case studies, multispectral scans, colour science & screen formats
AUD100   Register here

Workshop B (not-for-profits) 11th September & 12th September 10am - 6pm + reception
For GLAM professionals: demonstrations, case studies & exhibition formats
AUD100   Register here

Workshop B (commercial galleries) 11th September & 12th September 10am - 6pm + reception
For GLAM professionals: demonstrations, case studies & exhibition formats
AUD200   Register here

Workshop B (businesses) 11th September & 12th September 10am - 6pm + reception
For GLAM professionals: demonstrations, case studies & exhibition formats
AUD300   Register here

Reception only (all) 12th September 6pm - 8pm
AUD30    Register here

Fee for Workshop A or B includes workshop publication, catering for breaks and lunches and the Friday evening reception.

Rachael Kiang
Program Manager (NIEA & UNSW Galleries)
Tel +61 (0) 2 8936 0619
Mob +61 (0) 421 773 683

LUXLAB technologies, research and expertise are permanently available to the GLAM sector in Australia on a not-for-profit basis.


UNSW Galleries
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
Sydney, New South Wales
Australia 2021


Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (iGLAM)| National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) | College of Fine Arts | Galleries UNSW | Museum Victoria | Kyoto Graduate School of Engineering | ADS Corp, Japan | Sabia Inc. I UNESCO World Heritage Ninnaji Temples and Museum | University of Malaya

Prof. Sarah Kenderdine
Prof. Ari Ide-Ektessabi