Time and Conservation

Hölling, Hanna Barbara (8 September 2017). Time and Conservation In: ICOM Committee for Conservation 18th Triennial Meeting: Theory and History of Conversation (pp. 1-9). Paris: International Council of Museums ICOM

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What does time mean in conservation? Is time present in conservation as an implicit or explicit dimension, and how does conservation, if at all, conceptualize time? By proposing a temporal critique of conservation, this paper argues that thinking time has been absent from the narratives of conservation, its episteme, theoretical and research-generating activities, and from its practical theoretical engagement with the material world. Reviewing varying implicit manifestations of time in conservation, it subsequently proposes an alternative way of thinking about time.

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


Hölling, Hanna Barbara0000-0002-3063-4405


A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general




International Council of Museums ICOM


Hanna Barbara Hölling

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12 Sep 2023 15:24

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16 Jan 2024 15:28

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Time, conservation, temporality





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