A major international conference focused on the intersection of media art and technological change over time. How is this shifting the way museums operate and how conservation works?
Three artists, Susan Hiller, Runa Islam, and Hito Steyerl will launch Media in Transition with their keynote presentations. The conference will promote interdisciplinary in-depth discussions and lively debate about specific works of art including those by Joseph Beuys, David Lamelas, Gustav Metzger, Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, and Julia Scher.
Hosted by the Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute and Tate, this landmark event brings together the major institutions and thinkers at the forefront of responding to the needs of an important group of contemporary artworks. Among the institutions represented are: Asia Art Archive, Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Electronic Arts Intermix, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute, Soloman R.Guggenheim Museum, metaLAB(at) Harvard, MoMA, SFMOMA, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Institute of Philosophy, University of London, and Tate.
Contributors include: Matthew Battles, Lothar Baumgarten, Robin Clark, Aebhric Coleman, Stuart Comer, Jane Debevoise, Francesca Esmay, Solange Farkas, Rudolf Frieling, ChristineFrohnert, Martina Haidvogl, Hanna Holling, David Lamelas, Sook-Kyung Lee, Kate Lewis, Michael Mansfield, Monica Marchesi, Kira Perov, Glenn Phillips, Julia Scher, Barry Smith, Jeffrey Weiss, Jonah Westerman, and Andrew Wilson.
Following the format of the highly successful Object in Transition conference in 2008 this event will explore – through papers, panel discussions, demonstrations and dialogues – how the field is adapting and responding to these new forms of artistic practice, and how emerging modes of collaboration between artists, conservators, art historians, technical experts and curators can help advance the field.
Themes that will be explored are broad and include the:
• ‘Lives’ of time-based works, key moments of transition and engagement
• Creation of works with future forms of display or realisation in mind
• Impact of strategies developed within time-based media conservation on other forms of conservation practice
• Decision making and values
• Responding to the loss of networks of production and expertise
• Ideas about documentation within artistic, art historical, curatorial and conservation practice
• Vanishing histories and fragile ecosystems
In conjunction with the conference ‘Show & Tell’ sessions will be presented in spaces within Tate Modern outside of the auditorium. These are a unique opportunity to participate in small group discussions centred on demonstrations which will reveal the impact of a specific technological change on the experience of time-based media works of art.
The programme for the Media in Transition is available here.
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