Performing Documentation in the Conservation of Contemporary Art

  • 20-21 th June 2013
  • Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
    Lisbonne, Portugal
Contemporary art conservation requires a re-assessment of the distinction between the work and its re-configuration in documentation. Although documentation is crucial for the survival of many contemporary works of art, it is never neutral: all approaches, formats, media and systems have their own inherent affordances and blind spots and always transform what they document. Furthermore, in process-centered, technology-based or performative artworks in particular, we often can no longer make a sharp distinction between an original work and its subsequent documentation or replication: documentation is part of the work’s very core.

Contemporary art conservation requires a re-assessment of the distinction between the work and its re-configuration in documentation.

Although documentation is crucial for the survival of many contemporary works of art, it is never neutral: all approaches, formats, media and systems have their own inherent affordances and blind spots and always transform what they document. Furthermore, in process-centered, technology-based or performative artworks in particular, we often can no longer make a sharp distinction between an original work and its subsequent documentation or replication: documentation is part of the work’s very core.

On the other hand, even the most meticulously documented works will need to be re-installed or re-performed regularly in order to survive, because otherwise important tacit know-how will get lost.

The role of the artist in this process is central, but contested: what if s/he changes her mind, loses interest or is no longer available? And what if the authorship of the work is distributed over several actors? Also, the role of the conservator has taken new dimensions: conservation responsibilities and tasks are now distributed over a diversity of agents.

Program

20th June
09:00
Registration
09:50
Welcome
10:00
NECCAR Presentation
Renée van de Vall
10:10
Documenting the user experience: from Blast Theory’s Rider Spoke, to RAMM’s Moor Stories and Tate’s Art Maps
Gabriella Giannachi
10:40
The role of artistic documentation in conserving and convey social relationships
Liliana Coutinho
11:00
Performing documentation and documenting performance: assessing methodologies for reinstallation and preservation
Rebecca Gordon
11:20
Coffee break
11:50
Performance art, its «documentation», its archives – about the longing for recollection, the quality of forgetting and new possibilities of transmission of contemporary art
Irene Mullër
12:10
Poster session
12:30
Discussion led by Erma Hermens
13:00
Lunch
14:30
We don’t need no documentation. Reflections on the practice of remembrance.
Vivian van Saaze
15:00
Reactivation Strategies for Unstable Events
Jo Ana Morfin
15:20
Discussion led by Paolo Martore
15:40
Coffee break
16:10
Documentation of Contemporary Art Project Presentation
Rita Macedo e Lúcia Almeida Matos
16:20
(Project Documentation of Contemporary Art)
Hélia Marçal & Andreia Nogueira
16:40
(Project Documentation of Contemporary Art)
Cristina Barros Oliveira
17:00
Discussion led by Rita Macedo
17:30
Book presentation of Preserving and Exhibiting Media ArtInside Installations andInstallation Art and the Museum. An authors’ conversation featuring Tatja Scholte, Glenn Wharton, Julia Noordegraaf and Vivian van Saaze
17:50
Closing
21th June
10:00
Welcome
10:10
Documenting dilemmas. On the relevance of ethically ambiguous cases
Renée van de Vall
10:40
Analysing Incommensurable Values in Contemporary Art Documentation: Insights from Cultural Sociology
Jan Marontate
11:00
Documenting the Artist Interview and Artist Participation for the purpose of Conservation of a Conceptual and Variable Installation by Jan Dibbets
Sanneke Stigter
11:20
Coffee break
11:50
artemak®. From a compilation of questionnaires … to a wiki-based online-platform … to an interdisciplinary documentation and research project
Ursula Haller, Erich Gantzert-Castrillo & Ivo Mohrmann
12:10
Poster session
12:30
Discussion led by  Gunnar Heydenreich
13:00
Lunch
14:30
Documenting the Analogue Past in Marijke van Warmerdam’s Film Installations
Julia Noordegraaf
15:00
The quest for the survival of net art, or a speculative approach to documentation
Annet Dekker
15:20
Discussion led by Pip Laurenson
15:40
Coffee break
16:10
(Project Documentation of Contemporary Art)
Andreia Magalhães & Susana Lourenço Marques
16:20
(Project Documentation of Contemporary Art)
Teresa Azevedo
16:40
Public Access in the Age of Documented Art
Glenn Wharton
17:00
Discussion led by Lúcia Almeida Matos
17:30
Closing

« Performing Documentation in the Conservation of Contemporary Art », Colloque, Calenda, Publié le lundi 22 avril 2013, http://calenda.org/246711


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