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Engineering and Design for Art Conservation: Course Introduction


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Course overview for Rice University course entitled Engineering and Design for Art Conservation.

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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 /><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 /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 8<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 9<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  25. 25. Picture References<br />Slide 10<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 12<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 13<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  26. 26. Picture References<br />Slide 14<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 15<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 16<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 17<br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 19<br /><br /><br />
  27. 27. Picture References<br />Slide 20<br /><br /><br />Slide 21<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slide 22<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />