Presentation Title

Biennials and Conservation: How to Preserve and Document

Presenter Information

Marianne WeldonFollow

Streaming Media

Submission Type

5-minute Lightning Rounds

Abstract

In the world of Contemporary Art, concerns of artists, institutions, and conservators must be weighed against one another to arrive at practical solutions and policies. Students in the Biennials and Conservation 360 course cluster during the fall of 2017 considered the ways in which an artwork's exhibition and its care structure its meaning in complex ways. The students created two 30-90 second videos to address some of these issues as class assignments using a new digital skill set and vocabulary taught as part of this course cluster.

Start Date

5-23-2018 4:30 PM

Description

Students in our fall 2017 360; Biennials and Conservation, each worked in pairs and created two 30-90 second videos during the semester as part of their documentation of 1. The ephemeral exhibition Fireflies by Cai Guo-Qiang; and 2. one week in the course cluster. Students attended a video workshop where they learned the basics of videography and how to use Premere Pro editing software.

The students had to evaluate how to preserve an ephemeral work, for it's permanent documentation. What did they want to preserve for future generations. This is a large part of the conservation of contemporary art, centering around the premise of what should be preserved. Is it the physical thing or the concept? Should it be preserved?

Students also had to create a final video representing one week in the course cluster and how the themes and topics they were learning were inter-related and connected with their field trips and readings.

The assignment also gave the students a new digital skill set and vocabulary with which to approach these topics.

I would like to show a few video clips and present the assignment very, very briefly.

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May 23rd, 4:30 PM

Biennials and Conservation: How to Preserve and Document

In the world of Contemporary Art, concerns of artists, institutions, and conservators must be weighed against one another to arrive at practical solutions and policies. Students in the Biennials and Conservation 360 course cluster during the fall of 2017 considered the ways in which an artwork's exhibition and its care structure its meaning in complex ways. The students created two 30-90 second videos to address some of these issues as class assignments using a new digital skill set and vocabulary taught as part of this course cluster.