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Shared Concerns Between Large Technology and Kinetic Art
Big old machines and kinetic artworks might seem to be worlds apart, but they share challenges that turn traditional conservation ethics upside-down...
Laser cleaning of heritage
Are lasers the conservation tool of choice for the future? Ever cheaper and more portable, they use electricity rather than harmful chemicals and the new ultrafast pulse lasers provide "cold ablation" with no heat effects. We are researching the use of lasers to clean Moruya granite (shown here on the Sydney Harbour Bridge) and heritage affected by bushfires.
In 2004 I founded the Big Stuff community with people interested in sharing ideas about the preservation and display of large technology and industrial heritage. We run tri-annual conferences (next one 2022 in Portugal/online) and are starting a series of webinar discussions.
Mind the Gap: Heritage and the Law
Keeping heritage machinery and industrial facilities operating preserves their intangible heritage, but comes up against laws and regulations designed for modern machinery, and differing perceptions of risk and value. This project brings together heritage, legal and game theory skills to chart new paths through legal and professional thickets.
Molonglo radio telescope
Built in the 1960s this historically significant radio telescope near Canberra is still an operational research insteument. This project explored ways for the community to access its scientific, educational and historical opportunities.
Connection mapping for industrial heritage sites
Industrial places grow and change with the needs of the communities around them, and change continues after their service lives end. Making choices about their future means understanding their past relationships, and this project aims to create a tool for mapping their past connections to inform their future roles.
Bushfire clean-up for heritage
Cleaning up heritage places covered in greasy sooty dirt is slow, hard, upsetting and not always successful. Could lasers help? This project will investigate the potential of lasers to use the power of light to get rid of the dirt and smell, and reduce the need to replace damaged heritage materials.