Things Change: Conservation and display of Time-based Media Art


Things Change: Conservation and display of Time-based Media Art

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Patricia Falcao, Pip Laurenson, John McNeil, Simon Tegala

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Preservation Planning


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TATE conservators explain a range of issues related to the challenges of conserving and displaying time-based media art

Expected learning outcomes

An understanding of significant properties determining the conservation and display of time-based artworks

What is the target audience?

Anyone interested in digital preservation of complex objects.

Level of advancement/ prerequisites


Time required for completion

23 min

​Supplementary reading

Falcao, P. Developing a Risk Assessment Tool for the conservation of software-based artworks, 2010.

Rechert, K et al. Introduction to an emulation-based preservation strategy for software-based artworks, 2016

Falcao, P., Ashe, A., Jones, B.: Virtualisation as a tool for conservation of software-based artworks, 2014.

Vivian van Saaze, Installation Art and the Museum: Presentation and Conservation of Changing Artworks, Amsterdam University Press 2013

Vinzenz Hediger, Barbara Le Maitre, Julia Noordegraaf, Cosetta Saba (eds.), Preserving and Exhibiting Media Art: Challenges and Perspectives, Amsterdam University Press, 2013

Laurenson,P. Authenticity, Change and Loss in the Conservation of Time-Based Media Installations, Tate Papers, Issue 6, 2006

Engel, D. and Wharton,G. Reading between the lines: Source code documentation as a conservation strategy for software-based art. Studies In Conservation Vol. 59 , Iss. 6,2014

Rice, D. Sustaining Video Preservation, 2015

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