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Monday, May 13 • 9:00am - Tuesday, May 14 • 5:00pm
Documentation and Risk Assessment of Complex Time-Based Media Artworks TICKETED

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Conservation professionals are increasingly called upon to assess and document complex time-based media artworks. Unlike single-channel video works, these artworks are made up of a range of technologies that may include multiple monitors, custom-designed video switchers, digital media players, and other elements. Their complexity can make documentation and risk assessment challenging, particularly for professionals inexperienced with works of this kind.

In this two-day workshop, participants will build skills critical to the proper assessment of complex time-based works through the examination of the ‘anatomy’ of two multi-channel media works in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Participants will be instructed in how to approach these works as systems, identifying component parts, their functions within the system, their key characteristics, and the signal flow paths among them. Participants will assess obsolescence and other key risk factors for the artist’s masters, hardware, software, and peripherals. Based on observation, existing documentation, and their own research during the workshop, participants will create a functional description of each artwork and documentation of the work’s overall status.

The workshop will provide conservation professionals with the critical first-stage assessment of complex time-based media works, resulting in a greater understanding of the relationship between system components and a work’s significant properties. This knowledge will enable them to plan future short- and long-term conservation actions and to have informed discussions with relevant technicians, vendors, and the artists themselves. Participants will also be introduced to various templates for more in-depth documentation as the process of examination continues, and for use during acquisition and installation.

Experience with the technology of time-based media artworks is not a prerequisite.

Workshop participants are invited to a complimentary reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, following the program on Tuesday.

Transportation to the Mohegan Sun following the reception is included.

AIC has reserved a block or rooms at the Sheraton Boston Hotel - 39 Dalton Street at a rate of $250. We have mostly double/double rooms in the block - perfect for sharing. To reserve please call 617-236-2000. Online reservation link - coming soon.

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Flavia Perugini

Conservator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Flavia Perugini was born and raised in Italy where she trained and worked as an architect after graduating with Laurea in Architecture (equivalent of MS), from the University of Florence, Italy, in 1986. She enrolled in the three-year graduate conservation program at London Guildhall... Read More →

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Mona Jimenez

Conservator, Materia Media
Mona Jimenez is the principal at Materia Media She previously was a co-Associate Director and Associate Arts Professor at NYU's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program (MIAP), serving as an expert on the preservation of video, digital media and multimedia. She has worked extensively... Read More →
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Jeff Martin

Archival Moving Image Consulting
Martin has worked as a conservator of time-based artworks since 2007. In addition to conference presentations of case studies covering complex time-based artworks, he has held numerous day-long workshops on media preservation over the past decade, and has taught a semester-long course... Read More →

Monday May 13, 2019 9:00am - Tuesday May 14, 2019 5:00pm EDT
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115