Engineering and Design for Art Conservation: Course Introduction

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Engineering and Design for Art Conservation: Course Introduction

  1. 1. Engineering Design for Art Conservation<br />Matthew Wettergreen, Ph.D.<br />http://edaac.rice.edu<br />
  2. 2. “ 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”<br />Jim Killian, former president, MIT<br />Advantages of this course for solving new problems: <br />Multi-disciplinary course<br />Marrying of aesthetics and decision processes<br />Utilizes resources of world-renowned institutions<br />
  3. 3. Course Overview<br />Art Conservation<br />Learn the history of art conservation, current techniques and approaches <br />Be able to critically discuss the challenges and ethical discussions that affect modern conservation practice<br />Engineering Design Process<br />Learn the engineering design process as a framework for problem solving<br />Be able to apply the engineering design process to solve future problems in your engineering or humanities discipline<br />Creativity<br />Learn creativity and brainstorming activities enhancing your ability to creatively address problem solving<br />Learn how to employ new web tools and a digital workflow for project management<br />Be able to produce blogs, podcasts and incorporate video and audio for documentation<br />
  4. 4. Course Particulars<br />ENGI/HUMA 240: Engineering and Design for Art Conservation<br />Meets Tues/Thurs 9:25-10:40AM in Humanities 119<br />No Prerequisites, no exams<br />Attendance is mandatory, laptops in class are encouraged<br />Weekly writing assignment based on readings and lecture<br />1 midterm paper compiled from weekly assignments<br />1 semester project worked on in student teams<br />
  5. 5. Weekly Writing Assignments<br />This course will utilize a Web 2.0 digital workflow<br />You will set up your own blog and use online tools to complete your research and writing assignments (flickr, delicious, wiki)<br />Up to two posts will be made per week<br />Team project progress report<br />Recap of the week’s material<br />Goal of these writing assignments<br />Get you to engage the course material critically<br />Write in a format that is accessible to readers while providing topical information relating to engineering and conservation.<br />Give you an informal, creative outlet for your coursework<br />Become active learners, rather than relying upon the instructor to present all relevant information<br />
  6. 6. Team Project<br />Students will divide into multi-disciplinary teams of ~4<br />Each team will select a work of art fromthe Museum of Fine Arts’ permanent collection<br />Each team will develop a custom storage solution for that artwork<br />Art conservation information will be used as background<br />Engineering Design Process will be used as a decision-based framework to develop this product<br />Goal of this team project<br />Deliver an innovative storage solution to the MFAH<br />Transfer abstract concepts to concrete results <br />Explore a decision based framework for real world problem solving<br />
  7. 7. A Tour of Engineering for Art Conservation<br />
  8. 8. Digital Workflow<br />The new web is Web 2.0: transparent, open, distributed, collaborative, free<br />Set up and run your own blog for the semester<br />Learn how to use web 2.0 tools for project management and documentation<br />
  9. 9. Differing Development Pathways<br />Decision and exploration based history of Engineering<br />The role of war in the history of Art Museums<br />Cultural history of Houston and the MFAH<br />
  10. 10. Preservation of Our Cultural Heritage<br />“The measure of a society is not its technology but its art”<br />The recent rise of modern conservation and “minimal intervention”<br />
  11. 11. The Hidden Museum<br />The museum you never knew existed: storage, conservation, registration, more storage<br />The role and function of the modern museum<br />The inner workings of the modern museum<br />
  12. 12. Handling and Storing our Cultural Heritage<br />The concerns and rules of art handling<br />The outdated procedures of art storage<br />Environmental monitoring systems<br />
  13. 13. Materials of Art<br />Materials and properties of materials in art<br />Materials and properties of materials for art storage<br />
  14. 14. Disaster Strikes!<br />Damage, Destruction, Degradation<br />Prevention of damage<br />Ethical considerations of conservation<br />
  15. 15. Conservation in Practice<br />Perspective from modern conservators<br />Interaction with environment over the lifetime of an artwork<br />“Artist Intent” in conservation considerations<br />
  16. 16. Engineering Art Conservation<br />New techniques for art investigation<br />New techniques for art restoration<br />
  17. 17. Case Studies<br />Each lecture will be capped with a case study<br />Case study will provide a transition between the art world and the engineering world<br />
  18. 18. Solution Stage<br />Design Analysis Stage<br />Engineering Design Process<br />Develop Solution Options<br />Clarify Team Assignment<br />Evaluate Solutions<br />Understand Problem and Context<br /><ul><li> Identify why design is needed
  19. 19. Identify current techniques </li></ul> used to solve problem <br /><ul><li> Identify constraints on design</li></ul>- Identify user needs for design<br />Implement Solution<br />Test/Evaluate <br />Implemented Solution<br />Define design <br />goals or criteria<br />Iterate: refine and improve <br />based on evaluation<br />Plan the process to <br />stay on track<br />Document/Communicate<br />
  20. 20. Art for Engineering<br />Employ creativity for new ways of conceptualizing information<br />Use brainstorming for developing new ideas<br />
  21. 21. Quantifying Quality / Qualifying Quantity<br />Pugh Analysis to assign value to qualitative information<br />Illustration to add aesthetics to technical data<br />
  22. 22. Maker Week!!<br />Design evaluation for superior products <br />Iterative prototyping<br />
  23. 23. Lighting the Way<br />The future of the museum and conservation<br />Perspectives from Bell Labs E.A.T.<br />
  24. 24. Picture References<br />Slide 1 <br />http://www.twickenham.co.uk/images/engineering_R2R_Tooling.jpg<br />http://www.shafe.co.uk/crystal/images/lshafe/David_Marat_at_his_Last_Breath_1793.jpg<br />http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/self_portraits/img/img_warhol_self-portrait_lg.jpg<br />http://www.artcons.udel.edu/uploads/index/dc332f73291c0f36e31b6471702057d0.gif<br />http://www.motoria.net/Images/Development_process.gif<br />Slide 8<br />http://zerostrategist.com/wp-content/uploads/web20map.png<br />http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1154/591163479_d35f7b50d7.jpg<br />http://organismos.chubut.gov.ar/gobiernodigital/files/2009/07/23-wordpress_logo.png<br />http://www-sop.inria.fr/members/Sylvain.Pion/images/delicious_logo.jpg<br />http://www.iesgrancapitan.org/blog05/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/600px-wikipedia-logo.png<br />http://www.kynonprofits.org/Portals/18/Flickr-logo.jpg<br />Slide 9<br />http://farm1.static.flickr.com/135/350524422_f5df7077aa.jpg<br />http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Kepler-solar-system-2.gif<br />http://www.creativescreenwriting.com/csdaily/csdart/images/2004-06-June/Monty%20Python%20Holy%20Grail%20-%20Clip%20clop%20(300w).jpg<br />http://farm1.static.flickr.com/59/169067160_b43e976e12.jpg?v=0<br />http://www.bigwoodvise.com/whats_new/Archimedes_Stamp.jpg<br />
  25. 25. Picture References<br />Slide 10<br />http://www.preview-art.com/Conservators/02-2008/oddytest.jpg<br />http://wpcontent.answers.com/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/97/Conservation_at_the_Church_of_Sucevi%C5%A3a.jpg/300px-Conservation_at_the_Church_of_Sucevi%C5%A3a.jpg<br />http://english.chinamil.com.cn/site2/images/2009-06/14/xin_150606140725828181247.jpg<br />http://artforprofits.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/restoreart.jpg<br />Slide 12<br />http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2498/3682137885_4b14d2259e.jpg<br />http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2583/3682148527_344536c7cb.jpg<br />http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2216/3682150407_0bf8efeeec.jpg<br />Slide 13<br />http://www.scrapbookscrapbook.com/images/marble1seta.jpg<br />http://www.faqs.org/photo-dict/photofiles/list/406/775paintbrushes.jpg<br />http://www.metaledgeinc.com/ME_images/volara39a1.jpg<br />http://www.vestaldesign.com/blog/uploaded_images/VirtualBubbleWrap-759347.png<br />http://www.deviantart.com/download/75033810/Old_paper_41_stock_by_ofruin_stock.jpg<br />
  26. 26. Picture References<br />Slide 14<br />http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/images/italia/news/2007/0331h.jpg<br />http://www.drweb.de/textures/rust-0673.jpg<br />http://jazba.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/earthquake-gallery-3.jpg<br />Slide 15<br />http://artforprofits.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/picasso-pitcher.jpg<br />http://www.life123.com/bm.pix/perfume-bottle.s600x600.jpg<br />http://farm1.static.flickr.com/5/7496201_21ce7f59f4.jpg?v=0<br />Slide 16<br />http://www.rob.cs.tu-bs.de/content/03-research/01-projects/35-3dscanner/david_3d_laser_scanner.jpg<br />http://www.howardmodels.com/frank-lloyd-wright/guggenheim-museum-model/guggenheim-museum1.jpg<br />http://www.vedicsciences.net/design/bacteria5.jpg<br />Slide 17<br />http://fthats.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/1_edible_estates.jpg<br />http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/2005RiceNews/1208_front.jpg<br />http://www.vaticanotours.com/g/sistine_chapel.jpg<br />Slide 19<br />http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/99/maya/tech/pic/brainstorm.gif<br />http://www.benheck.com/Games/VCS_projects/Vagabonds/BarNapkin.jpg<br />
  27. 27. Picture References<br />Slide 20<br />http://www.sigmazone.com/images/Pugh%20Tail%20Rotor.gif<br />http://www.grohe.com.sg/lib/18/catalogue_p1/masszeichnungen/Z38519001.jpg<br />Slide 21<br />http://www.holkoconsulting.com/images/mechanical_test_ladder3.jpg<br />http://www.sigmak.ltd.uk/sitepix/images/cast-Iron-valve.jpg<br />http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e380/ShrikeArghast/DSCN0015.jpg<br />http://www.sspa.se/sites/www.sspa.se/files/Model_and_prototyping_.jpg<br />http://jra-technologies.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Cirris_Hi-Pot_Testing.120161712_std.jpg<br />Slide 22<br />http://graememitchell.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/galerie-lelong-andy-goldsworthy.jpg<br />http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1309/1478181275_adf98f96d0.jpg<br />http://citynoise.org/cache/preview/18795.jpg<br />http://farm1.static.flickr.com/124/380893945_b6949e8ee8.jpg?v=0<br />

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