Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Let's talk about the conservation of contemporary art: curator and conservator converse at the Zabludowicz Collection in London


Let's talk about the conservation of contemporary art. Tomorrow at the Zabludowicz Collection in London.
In conversation with the Partial Presence exhibition curators.
Nayia Yiakoumaki, Curator at the Archive Gallery at Whitechapel Gallery and Renata Peters, lecturer in Conservation of Archaeological Artefacts at UCL, explore how curatorial practices engage with archives and collections to reactivate stored and archived artworks. Taking themes in the show as a starting point, they will discuss the impact archival practices, preservation and documentation process have on shaping the legacy of an artwork.
See more details here: 
http://www.zabludowiczcollection.com/…/talk-nayia-yiakoumak…

UCL Conservation visit to the British Museum's World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre

Conservation students and staff from the UCL Institute of Archaeology spent yesterday's afternoon visiting the British Museum's World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre. 

It was a busy and very exciting afternoon. We visited Ceramics & Glass, Metals, Organics, the Archaeological Suite, Paper, and the Hirayama Studio. The studios have just been installed in the new building (except for Hirayama that has been there since 1994).  Really amazing facilities! All the conservation labs are above ground level, with lots of natural light and beautiful Bloomsbury views. It was wonderful to see the work our BM colleagues are doing. It was also great to see many of our former students in action! Many thanks from all of us at UCL! 
Our hosts also provided access to Science - in the basement. 



And here are some of the UCL visitors waiting for the wonderful Jordina to pick them up at the  Court  Restaurant. Below you can see us waiting for the lift to go from the Organics Lab to the Science Labs (see wonderful Bloomsbury in the background). People: Angeliki, Kathy, Eli, Maddie, Eri, Cuong, Young, Jan, Alicia, Cyril, Rafie, Jamie, Lisa, Elina, and  Renata (not in the pics, we didn't have a selfie stick!). 




Thursday, 22 January 2015

Collateral Damage: Conflict and the Iraq Museum Looting

By: C. Miller



Abstract: This poster is intended to inform the audience about the Iraq Museum looting in 2003 and the role of international organisations in conserving museum collections impacted by war.

Target Audience: Conservators, archaeologists, foreign service officials.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Shattering the Myth of Objectivity in Conservation


By K. M.

Abstract: Conservation, like any other human endeavor, is necessarily coloured with subjectivity, and this subjectivity should be embraced rather than covered up.  The conservator is not some mechanical, objective being which operates outside of history and whose work is beyond reproach; rather, he is a fully human agent embedded in a cultural and intellectual milieu, doing his best to make decisions for the good of other human beings who find value in objects.

Targeted Audience:  An art history, philosophy or conservation conference

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Can Time-Based Media Installation Be Preserved?

By: P. Wang


Abstract: Conservators are confronted by the preservation challenges of time-based media installation, including the documentation of its intangible and technological aspects. Three strategies are proposed here, followed by a case study: TV Garden of Nam June Paik. The case study demonstrates how to apply the methods of 'migration', 'emulation', and 'artist interviewing' without losing the original intents of the artist.


Target Audience:  A conference associated to contemporary art conservation

From Vandalism to Culture: An Evolution of Graffiti

By: J. Hamilton



Abstract: Using traditional definitions of both vandalism and graffiti, in addition to an exploration of cultural significance and culture using the 1994 UNESCO Nara Document on Authenticity, this poster will examine the evolution of graffiti from vandalism to culture; this exposition also advocates for graffiti conservation and a redefinition of cultural heritage in contemporary society.

Targeted Audience:
The intended audience and context for this poster is conservation conferences where cultural heritage professionals, urban historians, curators and gallery owners, museum trustees and directors, city and government officials, conservation professionals and students would be in attendance.

Conservation and Globalisation: Shifting Museumscapes

By: B.C.



Abstract: This poster counters the traditional roles that museum based conservators undertake by considering how they have risen to the challenge of globalization in terms of intangible heritage, mass movement of collections and the digitization of museum objects. It calls for conservators to be integrated at a higher level of decision-making within the museum, and essentially a reconceptualization of the museum itself. This topic in its infancy begins from desk based research.  

Targeted Audience:
This poster would be displayed in the conference of an international organization concerned with conservation and museums. It is aimed at a broad audience in the heritage sector as most can relate to the topic and language.

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