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Richard Gagnier Masterclass

  1. 1. Masterclass / Skill Session: Meeting Room 1 Tools and Principles for the Preservation of Time-Based Media Artworks Richard Gagnier Head of Conservation, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada Sponsored by:
  2. 2. DOCAM GUIDE FOR PRESERVATION <ul><li>Some tools and principles to the preservation </li></ul><ul><li>of time-based media artworks </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Gagnier </li></ul><ul><li>Head of conservation Montreal Museum of Fine Arts </li></ul>
  3. 3. The main goal of the Research Alliance DOCAM is to implement new tools and methodologies adapted to the Conservation and Documentation of artistic practises involving media technologies. During the five years tenure of this project, many case studies will address preservation issues of Time-based media art work as well as peculiarities of archival collection composed of technologically based information carrier materials.
  4. 4. <ul><li>Obsolescence : How to counteract </li></ul><ul><li>via the migration or the emulation process </li></ul><ul><li>Assure best support quality for the work’s content </li></ul><ul><li>(imply stability + information stockpilling capacity) </li></ul><ul><li>Assure that related equipment has a possible sustained lifespan </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Migration </li></ul><ul><li>To migrate an artwork involves upgrading equipment and source material. </li></ul><ul><li>Emulation </li></ul><ul><li>To emulate a work is to devise a way of imitating the original look of the piece by completely different means. </li></ul>* Defenitions from the glossary of The Variable Media Approach
  6. 6. <ul><li>The integrity of an artwork in relation to the display equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the evaluation and relative importance of three values in relation to the significance of the artwork (Laurenson, 2004) </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual </li></ul><ul><li>Historical </li></ul><ul><li>Aesthetic </li></ul>
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