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[January 2018] Conservation of Contemporary Slide-Based Art: Back to the Future! Im Karussell der Diakonservierung

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany.
Workshop language: German.

Confronted by the near extinction of industrial analogue slide technology, the Hamburger Kunsthalle conservation department is now finishing a research and conservation project that specifically covers the preservation of all ten slide-based works of art in the collection, with a total of about 1700 slides. The project started in 2015 and is funded by the Schoofsche Stiftung with additional support of the Wuestenrot Stiftung. It was established based on knowledge in this field at the Time Based Media Conservation Department at Tate. The main focus of the workshop is to assess current possibilities in regard to the conservation, preservation and display strategies that honor the needs of these very delicate works of art and to foster collaboration between the disciplines, inside and outside the museum. The two day workshop will offer lectures in the morning and hands-on sessions in the afternoon with speakers from Tate, Nederlands Fotomuseum, SFMOMA, Zero Foundation, Humboldt University of Berlin and Activity Studios besides technicians and conservators from the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Time is reserved for discussions and for bringing in case studies. The workshop takes place within the galleries, where a temporary install of works of art with slides from the collection can be visited. An evening talk with two international artists and the Head of Collection of Contemporary Art takes place on Thursday evening. Except for the evening talk, which will be held in English and is open to the general public, the workshop language is German.

For more information on the workshop program and admission fees, please visit our website. Early registration deadline: 30 November 2017. Preliminary program online: 25 October 2017. Email: backtothefuture@hamburger-kunsthalle.de.

 

[June 2018] Getting Started: a Shared Responsibility Caring for Time-Based Media Artworks in Collections
Monday, June 11 – Friday, June 15, 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art, NY.
Does your institution have a collection of time-based media artworks in need of a long-term preservation plan? Are you uncertain where to get started? This five-day hands-on workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the processes and workflows which can be implemented at collections without dedicated time-based media conservators. Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to design and execute action plans at their institutions. Caring for time-based media art collections is widely acknowledged as a pan-institutional endeavor requiring direct involvement from curatorial, conservation, audio visual, IT, registration and collection care staff. This collaboration will be reflected throughout the curriculum as well as in the workshop application itself which requires a pair of colleagues from each applying institution. This workshop specifically requires that a curator and collection care specialist apply together as these positions have the expertise and authority to advocate for proper collection stewardship. The curriculum will cover activities pertaining to acquiring, exhibiting, installing, documenting, and advocating for media artworks.

Requirements for Application: This workshop is open to pairs of applicants: one curator and one conservator/collection care staff member (conservator, audio visual technician, collection specialist or manager, etc.) directly responsible for the care of the time-based media art collection. Priority will be given to institutions who are actively acquiring, with mid-sized media artwork collections that have significant needs, and require in-house staff training. Participants are expected to attend the full week-long program.

Travel and lodging expenses may be reimbursed, based on need. Please submit a basic budget of anticipated costs as part of the application. There is no fee for this workshop; English will be the language of instruction. Applications should be submitted to Allison_Spangler@MoMA.org no later than January 16, 2018 with notifications expected by early to mid March. For more information: www.mediaconservation.io.


Conferences

[April 2018] Renovated, rebuilt, saved – how they survived WWII. Conservation, preservation and prevention of items from the years 1939-1945. The Warsaw Rising Museum, Warsaw, Poland.

Languages of the conference: Polish, English. Registration and abstract submission is now open.
Join us at a conference at the Warsaw Rising Museum on 12-13 April 2018, in Warsaw, Poland, exploring the challenges of the conservation and preservation of items from WWII. Preserving items from WWII is often a challenging and demanding task for conservators and curators. Conservation and preservation of such items requires modern technologies but at the same time retaining some historical damages as witnesses of the past. We encourage you to send proposals regarding, but not limited to, the following topics: -research issues concerning the technology of manufacturing historical items from WWII -case studies of challenging conservation treatments of WWII items -challenges of preserving and exhibiting wartime items -reception of the conservation treatment of wartime items by the museum visitors -modern analytical techniques in examining the items from WWII.

The deadline for submitting the abstracts is 20 December 2017. Authors will be notified of the selection results by 31 January 2018. For any queries, please contact us at: konferencja2018@1944.pl

 

 

[June 2018] Trading Paintings and Painters’ Materials 1550-1800
CATS Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21-22 June 2018
Deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2018.

This call for papers and posters is for a two-day technical art history conference to be held by CATS in Copenhagen on 21 – 22 June 2018. The venue will be the National Museum of Denmark. The focus of the conference will be on the emerging international markets and their implications for the artistic production in Early Modern Europe (1550-1800), in particular in relation to the trade in paintings and painters’ materials. The conference will be held in English. The oral conference presentations will be considered for the peer-reviewed CATS Proceedings (online and hard copy) to be published in collaboration with Archetype Publications Ltd. in spring 2019. We welcome contributions from a diverse range of fields, including technical art history, art history, conservation and science. Themes for presentations may address:

  • Preferences for painters’ materials and paintings in/from specific geographical areas (quality differences, availability, economic considerations, demand from patrons and traditions)
  • Impacts of imported paintings and painting materials on local producers, artists, connoisseurs and art theorists (competition, usage and reception)
  • Conditions in which these products (materials and paintings) were produced and traded (workshop practice, trade routes and dealer networks)

Please submit a preliminary title, short abstract (max 500 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) for oral and/or poster presentations. Please send your contribution to cats.conference@smk.dk for consideration by the Scientific Committee. For any enquiries please contact the CATS research coordinator Sanne