The CCA Scan-a-thon, April 1, 2017. Free workshops! Register now!


In the past five years, specialist digital techniques utilized in museum conservation, historic preservation, and library sciences have become significantly easier to use and inexpensive to purchase. With a digital camera it is now possible to create highly accurate and sophisticated three dimensional scans of physical objects and buildings as well as high-quality scans of rare books and other two-dimensional artifacts. In addition to tools used in the three dimensional scanning of objects, such as photogrammetry, infrared and laser scanning, other digital technologies, such as “impulse responses,” enable us to capture and reconstruct more ephemeral aspects of historical spaces such as their acoustics. All of these techniques are “touch free” and suggest a new era of conservation and preservation that leaves physical objects unharmed. However, such techniques also suggest a series of responsibilities and raise debates anew that relate to the politics of how and what we “capture” with powerful reproduction technologies.

On April 1st, 2017 the public and CCA community are invited to the California College of the Arts’ San Francisco campus to learn about these techniques and tools first-hand.

Please contact David Gissen  with questions.