Collect, exhibit and preserve video art.
A workshop with restorer Agathe Jarczyk, studio for video conservation (Bern)
and restorer Joanna Phillips, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York)
WEDNESDAY 15 DECEMBER 2010, 10 am - 5 pm
imai - inter media art institute, c/o NRW-Forum, Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf
Video art works are highly complex systems integrating aesthetics and concepts which due to their nature are subject to change and may alter their condition. In order to ensure a long life and sustainable integrity of the collected objects, an active and continuous support by collectors, restorers, and curators is necessary.
Using numerous examples from museums and the applied video conservation the speakers elaborate the basic criteria for the competent purchase, documentation and acceptance into the collection and the definition of a preservation strategy for video art works. Furthermore a number of approaches for handling technological obsoleteness and variability of video installations are discussed together with the resulting presentations. At the end of the day "school of seeing" training is given to enable participants to sharpen their perceptions of video media to selectively examine video sequences with regard to picture structure, various types of damage and background information on types of compression.
The workshop with Joanna Phillips and Agathe Jarczyk who have many years of experience working with the conservation and restoration of video art is especially designed for curators, restorers and museum employees whose duties include the handling of video art collections.