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Saturday, June 2 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Electronic Media) Looking Forwards and Backwards: Practical Approaches to the Stewardship of Time-Based Media Art

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While time-based media art (TBMA) is defined by how it unfolds to the viewer over time, this increasingly popular artistic medium is uniquely complex in its physical, technical, and conceptual structures. In many cases, artists are explicit about the media they choose, the way in which their work is installed, and the technology used to display it. Museums need to adapt their installation and preservation practices in equally complex ways as a result, pushing the boundaries of traditional museum practice. Nevertheless, many institutions have been acquiring ever-increasing numbers of TBMA without proper documentation or systems in place to ensure that the integrity of these works is preserved over time. Leaders in the field have laid much of the groundwork for the stewardship of TBMA. However, these large institutions number their collections of TBMA in the hundreds to thousands, and what might be a good solution for them might not be appropriate for museums with more modest collections and resources.

This  presentation introduces two projects currently underway from the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art which are building on the existing work related to the care and preservation of TBMA The NDSR Art residents at these institutions will detail their efforts towards creating frameworks for the acquisition, documentation, installation, display, and preservation of TBMA. They will highlight how they are tackling the challenge of simultaneously developing best practices for future loans and acquisitions while retroactively applying these standards to their existing TBMA collections. By juxtaposing these two projects and opening the conversation in a panel discussion, the residents aim for these cases to serve as a practical model for art institutions of varying sizes, backgrounds, and needs on how to begin taking steps to ensure the viability of these complex media artworks now and into the future.

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Erin Barsan

NDSR Art Resident, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Erin is part of the inaugural cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art) at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), where she is taking a lead role in developing a framework for the stewardship of the museum’s rapidly-growing time-based media... Read More →
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Elise Tanner

NDSR Art Resident, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Elise Tanner is part of the inaugural 2017-2018 cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency for Art Information (NDSR Art) at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). In collaboration with various stakeholders across the Museum, Elise is building the foundation for the preservation... Read More →

Saturday June 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am MDT
Briargrove Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston