Getting Started: A Shared Responsibility

Caring for Time-Based Media Artworks in Collections

May 2 - May 5, 2017 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Photograph © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Harvey Wang.    

Does your institution have a collection of time-based media works in need of a long-term preservation plan? Are you uncertain where to get started? This four-day hands-on workshop will provide an in-depth overview of the processes and workflows which can be implemented at collections without dedicated time-based media conservators. Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to design and execute action plans at their institutions.

Caring for time-based media collection works is broadly acknowledged as a pan-institutional endeavor requiring direct involvement from curatorial, conservation, audio visual, IT, registrar and collection care staff. This will be reflected throughout the workshop curriculum as well as in the application itself which requires pairs of colleagues from the applying institution.

This workshop is open to pairs of applicants who are responsible for the care of a time-based media art collection. Applicant teams must include a curator and the person directly responsible for the care of the time-based media. This could be a conservator, audio visual technician, collection specialist or manager etc.  Priority will be given to those with significant collection needs, a critical need for staff training and demonstrable institutional desire to take action.