Artist Participation

Posted on Wed, 02/24/2010 - 14:39
{jcomments on}Parallel session
Artist Participation
Date, time
Wednesday 9th June, 15:00-17:00
Frederika Huys, conservator
S.M.A.K., Ghent
Ulrich Lang, conservator, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt
Philippe Van Cauteren, Artistic Director, S.M.A.K.
Artists often cooperate with conservators to integrate their works into the collection properly. This collaboration results in documentation that is specific to the installation and forms the basis for the display and management of the work. This process is viewed as a new practice in the conservation and management of works of contemporary art. The work’s continued existence, meaning, the correct form of display and the retention of its material properties, often depends on good cooperation between the artist and those who manage the collection. This workshop focusses on this cooperation and an artist have been invited to throw some light on the practice. During this workshop several works by the artist Nedko Solakov will be discussed. Two museums whose collections include works by Solakov will present the documentation they have compiled. This practice/working method will be discussed in the presence of the artist. Workshop participants will be able to examine, compare and question the various examples of documentation and management methods.
Maximum number of participants: 20
Frederika Huys is Head of Conservation at the S.M.A.K. museum in Ghent (Belgium). She develops projects with artists to conserve various types of art installations (including variable aspects, performances, electronic and kinetic media). In her cooperation with artists she distinguishes between various methods of documentation. Much of her work involves examining new methods for the conservation of non-traditional materials and concepts. She is also a lecturer at the University of Ghent and was a founding member of INCCA. Frederika represented one of the five co-organisers of the EU project Inside Installations and was responsible for the Artist Participation research. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of Packed (Platform for archiving and conserving artworks on electronic and digital supports). In 1997 she obtained an MA in Conservation from the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in Ghent. Before she started working for the S.M.A.K. museum she was a conservation researcher for the Flemish Ministry of Culture. With an eye to managing the conservation department, she obtained an MA in Cultural Management from Ghent’s University College in 2001.