Electronic Visualization and the Arts Australasia 2016 (#EVAA2016) is an “interdisciplinary conference on visual technologies in culture, the arts and humanities.” I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from EVAA2016 when I first heard about it, but what I ended up getting has me hooked for all future EVAA’s.

National Library lit up for the Enlighten Festival which took place at the same time as EVAA2016, Canberra, ACT. Photo © Jade Koekoe.

Prof. Sarah Kenderdine started off the conversation with an impressive display of immersive digital experiences. The amount of projects Prof. Kenderdine has worked on is astounding! However, while Prof. Kenderdine’s work is awe inspiring, the variety of collaborations she has worked in to fund these projects impresses me more. Anyone who can work across so many cultures and get everyone excited about sharing content around the world deserves all the praise in the world! I am very glad EVAA2016 brought this amazing professional to my attention.

Museums need to integrate digital expertise into curation, rather than ghettoising or outsourcing

Professional Profile   I  ALiVE Projects  I  iGLAM  I  LUXLAB Advanced Analytic Scanning

Lizzie Coles-Kemp presented Visualisation in cyber-security: towards a critical practice. Her job is to find security risks and trends in information management and to communicate these trends she uses digital visualisation. Lizzie also highlighted that cyper-security often forgets social influences but she thinks it is just as important to show this aspect in data visualisations.

Central St Martins University of the Arts London  I  The TREsPASS Project

Merran Williams presented Dimensions of digital history: how the internet has empowered the amateur historian. Using examples such as History in Pictures and Iron Outlaw Merran demonstrated how amateur historians have one up on their academic counterparts. They feed the public’s desire for a good story and open historical debate to the widest possible audience.

Feed the public’s insatiable desire for a good story

Latrobe University  I  The Digital Panopticon  I  Australian Generations Oral History Project

Tom Sear presented We are the Dead: poppies & post-digital visual materialisations of the dead in the commemoration of World War 1. After being shown the various commemorations around the world for the centenary of WW1, I was intrigued by the symbolism of the poppy as proxy for the soldier and how we correlate individual and public memory.

UNSW ADFA  I  Blog  I  A Monadic Exploration of Beautiful Trouble  I  Marian Dork  I  blprnt.blg

Chris McDowall presented Cartographic inversions: A consideration of ambient data collection, algorithmic design and DIY maps. Chris outline how today’s mapping technologies have created an inversion in the way traditional cartography is approached. These days, the flick of a switch can allow anyone to create their own mapping data to use and remix. Traditional maps were made by survey, now they are made by trawling through data! I also found out through Chris’s presentation that JAVAScript was created in 10 days, how cool?!

One of the changes in the last 20 years is the explosion of tools in mapping.

National Library NZ  I  Dear Data

Andrea Rassell presented Touching with the Eye: science films, embodied technology and nanoscientific data which looks at how nanoscale can be perceived and understood. She also highlighted how adding colour to space photos provides ‘aesthetic intervention’, and compared the spaces photos we are familiar with to a film called Black Rain that displays raw data collected from a space voyage.


The day ended with a panel led by Deb Verhoeven, Mitchell Whitelaw and Tim Sherratt discussing Responding to the Innovation Agenda. It was mentioned how the meaning of the word research has become synopsis with science and thus excluding all other professions that contribute research. On a more humorous note Tim Sherratt also brought to our attention that in the metadata of Australia’s shiny new Innovation Agenda the document is titled “Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy”.


Deakin   I   University of Canberra  I  National Innovation and Science Agenda

Till next time!
DFTBA (Don’t Forget to be Awesome)