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The Engineering and Design for Art and Artifact Conservation Program is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston and Rice University. This program uses multi-disciplinary problem......

The Engineering and Design for Art and Artifact Conservation Program is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston and Rice University. This program uses multi-disciplinary problem solving approaches to address pressing problems in conservation.

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  • 1. Engineering Design for Art and Artifact Conservation Matthew Wettergreen, Ph.D. http://edaac.rice.edu
  • 2.
    • The EDAAC approach to solving hybrid problems:
      • Multi-disciplinary design based approach
      • Marrying of aesthetics and decision processes
      • Utilize resources of world-renowned institutions
    “ The basic aim of education is not to accumulate knowledge, but rather to learn to think creatively, teach oneself and seek answers to questions as yet unexplored” Jim Killian, former president, MIT
  • 3. EDAAC Overview
    • Art Conservation
      • Learn the history of art conservation, current techniques and approaches
      • Be able to critically discuss the challenges and ethical discussions that affect modern conservation practice
    • Engineering Design Process
      • Learn the engineering design process as a framework for problem solving
      • Be able to apply the engineering design process to solve future problems in your engineering or humanities discipline
    • Creativity
      • Learn creativity and brainstorming activities enhancing your ability to creatively address problem solving
    • Learn how to employ new web tools and a digital workflow for project management
    • Be able to produce blogs, podcasts and incorporate video and audio for documentation
  • 4. Overarching Project
    • Each student will select a painting from the Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection
    • Each student will develop a custom travel frame for that artwork
    • Art conservation information will be used as background
    • Engineering Design Process will be used as a decision-based framework to develop this product
    • Explorations in this project
      • Delivery of an innovative storage solution to the MFAH
      • Transfer of abstract concepts to concrete results
      • Explore a decision based framework for real world problem solving
  • 5. EDAAC Activities
    • June 1 st – July 30 th , M-F 9-5PM, at the OEDK and Caroline Collective
    • Weekly meetings with the Center for Civic Engagement
    • Weekly meetings with Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
    • Weekly Business Class (Thursday) teaching entrepreneurship and startup basics
    • Frequent trips to the MFAH for research/meetings
    • Frequent tours to local museums and arts institutions
  • 6. EDAAC Summer Goals
    • Deliver an innovative solution for travel frames for the MFAH
    • Write and present a business plan for a proposed business using the product solution
    • Create and present a poster reporting the results of the summer project
  • 7. Summer Internship Deliverables
    • Submit bi-weekly progress reports to CCE
    • Complete and present a final poster in the fall for CCE
    • Creation and delivery of elevator pitch for a business plan for business class
    • Final presentation of a written business plan for business class
    • Written report at end of the summer for RCEL
  • 8. Weekly Writing Assignments
    • This course will utilize a Web 2.0 digital workflow
      • You will set up your own blog and use online tools to complete your research and writing assignments (flickr, delicious, wiki)
    • Up to two posts will be made per week
      • Team project progress report
      • Recap of the week’s material
    • Goal of these writing assignments
      • Get you to engage the course material critically
      • Write in a format that is accessible to readers while providing topical information relating to engineering and conservation.
      • Give you an informal, creative outlet for your coursework
      • Become active learners, rather than relying upon the instructor to present all relevant information
  • 9. A Tour of Engineering for Art Conservation
  • 10. Digital Workflow
    • Regular writings posted online on the EDAAC blog
    • Learn how to use web 2.0 tools for project management and documentation
    The new web is Web 2.0: transparent, open, distributed, collaborative, free
  • 11. Differing Development Pathways
    • Decision and exploration based history of Engineering
    • The role of war in the history of Art Museums
    • Cultural history of Houston and the MFAH
  • 12. Preservation of Our Cultural Heritage
    • “ The measure of a society is not its technology but its art”
    • The recent rise of modern conservation and “minimal intervention”
  • 13. The Hidden Museum
    • The role and function of the modern museum
    • The inner workings of the modern museum
    The museum you never knew existed: storage, conservation, registration, more storage
  • 14. Handling and Storing our Cultural Heritage
    • The concerns and rules of art handling
    • The outdated procedures of art storage
    • Environmental monitoring systems
  • 15. Materials of Art
    • Materials and properties of materials in art
    • Materials and properties of materials for art storage
  • 16. Disaster Strikes!
    • Damage, Destruction, Degradation
    • Prevention of damage
    • Ethical considerations of conservation
  • 17. Conservation in Practice
    • Perspective from modern conservators
    • Interaction with environment over the lifetime of an artwork
    • “ Artist Intent” in conservation considerations
  • 18. Engineering Art Conservation
    • New techniques for art investigation
    • New techniques for art restoration
  • 19. Case Studies
    • Each lecture will be capped with a case study
    • Case study will provide a transition between the art world and the engineering world
  • 20. Engineering Design Process Plan the process to stay on track Document/Communicate Develop Solution Options Implement Solution Test/Evaluate Implemented Solution Evaluate Solutions Iterate: refine and improve based on evaluation Solution Stage Clarify Team Assignment
    • Understand Problem and Context
    • Identify why design is needed
    • Identify current techniques
    • used to solve problem
    • Identify constraints on design
    • - Identify user needs for design
    Define design goals or criteria Design Analysis Stage
  • 21. Art for Engineering
    • Employ creativity for new ways of conceptualizing information
    • Use brainstorming for developing new ideas
  • 22. Quantifying Quality / Qualifying Quantity
    • Pugh Analysis to assign value to qualitative information
    • Illustration to add aesthetics to technical data
  • 23. Prototyping
    • Design evaluation for superior products
    • Iterative prototyping
  • 24. Lighting the Way
    • The future of the museum and conservation
    • Perspectives from Bell Labs E.A.T.