The « art and artefactuality » seminar focuses primarily on contemporary art made since the 1960s and ethnographic objects (to be understood as being geographically and temporally, native to distant cultures). Conducted by Marc Maire and Gaspard Salatko, it examines issues raised when both works of art designed to be iterative, ephemeral, or provisional, and artefacts produced to have a limited lifetime, become the subject of conservation and exhibition projects. Considering both conceptual and material problems, the aim of the seminar is to help significantly students to resolve difficulties of conserving and restoring the cultural property they have in charge. With nine meetings in the year, the reflection is particularly based on case studies and recent treatments proposed by ancient students of the conservation cursus in the ESAA.
Introduced in 2011 by an interdisciplinary duet, the philosopher Jean-Pierre Cometti and the conservator Marc Maire, this seminar is continuing a practice begun for more than ten years in the ESAA to anchor the research practice in second cycle of the conservation training. It attempts to develop research processes to formulate their methods and rules, while making a methodological reflection on this exercise. This kind of heuristics is evolving by developing, dilating, and accentuating reflections as well as by trying hard to supply and to refine answers to problems of conservation applications.
The seminar establishes at the same time, the theoretical, methodological and practical cornerstone of the second cycle research education program, by displaying themes on nine monthly sessions, from October till June included. According to the status, the ontology and the objects regime of which conservation is called to take care, it aims expressly at questioning its field of intervention at the crossroads of philosophy of art, aesthetics, art history, technical culture and other humanities.