Curating as Expanded Conservation

Hölling, Hanna Barbara; Bodor, Judit; Sitt, Andree; ]performance s p a c e[, group (18 November 2021). Curating as Expanded Conservation In: Living Archives: A Scottish Research Council Project. Dundee: University of Dundee

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How do curation and conservation intersect when it comes to the presentation of post-1960s time-based artworks emerging from processes of what Lucy Lippard described as ‘the dematerialisation of the art object’? While in the case of works based on performance and installation each act of exhibiting – that is display or activation of an artwork – may already involve some aspects of preservation, not all preservation aims at displaying artworks. In this workshop, co-convened by Dr Judit Bodor and Dr Hanna B. Hölling, and with contribution from artist/curator Prof André Stitt and Benjamin Sebastian and Joseph Morgan Schofield from ]performance s p a c e[, we will examine how the intersection of curation and conservation might productively contribute to the way we engage with and conceptualize ephemeral practices. We will explore how curatorial acts and gestures are always reliant on factors such as the situatedness of curatorial knowledge and the limitations and/or excesses of the archive, and how they problematize and alter, if not derail, our understanding of the ongoing lives of artworks. What does it mean to curate and/or conserve an artwork? Can an artwork be conceived apart or always already in relation to curatorial and conservation practices – as an entanglement of many different hands and minds? Expect lively presentations by workshop leaders followed by group interactions.

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Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Materiality in Art and Culture


Hölling, Hanna Barbara0000-0002-3063-4405;
Bodor, Judit;
Sitt, Andree and
]performance s p a c e[, group


N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general


University of Dundee




Hanna Barbara Hölling

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24 Nov 2021 13:51

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24 Mar 2023 09:49

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