IIC Edinburgh Congress Poster Prize winners 2020

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Still from the film Casa de Pueblo, Spain: Bridging the Divide Between Built and Moveable Heritage Conservators Through Social Media

Image: Still from the film Casa de Pueblo, Spain: Bridging the Divide Between Built and Moveable Heritage Conservators Through Social Media. Courtesy of Alberto Sanchez-Sanchez.

The poster prize and student poster prize winners at IIC's 2020 Edinburgh  Congress not only produced technically excellent and evocative posters, but developed the art of the poster itself for the digital age, with accompanying short explanatory films which were well executed and compelling to watch.

Find out more below about gaining supporters and professional help for conservation work on a 17th century rural Spanish house through Instagram, and using 3D visualisation to help with conservation of a 15th century stucco relief. Posters from both projects can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Poster Prize winner: Casa de Pueblo, Spain: Bridging the Divide Between Built and Moveable Heritage Conservators Through Social Media

The winner this year is Alberto Sanchez-Sanchez for his poster on Casa de Pueblo. As he describes in his accompanying short film, the project Instagram account drew huge interest in the conservation work - which eventually led to the involvement of two conservation schools, and significant public interest in the work of conservators, fascinated by the opening of this 'time capsule' of Spanish rural life:

"The building had been vacant since 1965. And it was a time capsule of different overlapping historical layers spanning several centuries of rural life in Spain before the depopulation of the countryside. From the very beginning of the project, the initial documentation of the building, and the cataloguing of the different artifacts found in every room of the house were shared on the Instagram account, Casa de Pueblo.

"Very soon, the story of the rehabilitation project was picked up by regional newspapers and radio stations. This resulted in increasing social media following for the account, particularly among art aficionados and conservators who soon started to comment, give advice and participate in discussions about objects found in the house."

Biography: Alberto Sanchez-Sanchez is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at UC Berkeley. A licensed architect in Spain, he holds a professional degree in Architecture from Universidad Polit√©cnica de Madrid and a MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. He is the founder of @casadepueblo, a bilingual Instagram diary that records the restoration of a seventeenth-century house in rural Spain . 


Student Poster Prize winner: 3D-visualization and Reconstruction with Computed Tomography: Scanning and Reconstruction of a Late 15th-century Polychrome Stucco Relief.

Salome Larina Hunziker is the winner of our student prize for her work demonstrating how newer digital interventions including 3D visualisation can be used to improve conservation outcomes, by capturing far more than is possible in a photograph. She uses a late 15th-century polychrome stucco relief of the Adoration of the Magi as an example.

Biography: Salome Larina Hunziker holds a Master in Scientific Conservation from the University of applied sciences and art (HAWK) Hildesheim (Germany). During her studies she specialized in 3D digitization and digital reconstruction. In her master's thesis she additionally dealt with computed tomography and ethical principles for the handling of digital reconstructions.

In 2020 she finished her studies and started her own business as a freelance conservator and university lecturer for 3D scanning and digital reconstruction. Find out more about her work here.