International symposium Contemporary Art: Who Cares?, 2010
Assessing Risks to Installations
Wednesday 9th June, 15:00-17:00
Agnes Brokerhof, senior conservation scientist
Bart Ankersmit, senior conservation scientist
Netherlands Institute of Cultural Heritage / ICN
How long will your precious installation serve its purpose? What is that purpose anyway and which values do we attribute to it? What should we preserve and what are the biggest or most urgent threats to its preservation? In this workshop participants will identify various risks to an installation, assess, rank and prioritize them and think of possible options for risk reduction. It is a ‘have-a-try’ introduction to Collection Risk Management. Boldly go beyond the frontiers of traditional preventive conservation…..
Agnes Brokerhof studied Chemistry (MSc 1987) and Art History (BA 1988) at Leiden University (The Netherlands). Worked on projects at the former Central Research Laboratory in Amsterdam, the Australian Museum in Sydney and conducted research at CSIRO - Stored Grain Research Laboratory in Canberra (Australia) into integrated pest management. Since 1992 she works at ICN as a conservation scientist on, amongst other topics, conservation of natural history collections and ethnographic collections, preventive conservation and risk management. Together with Bart she teaches workshops on preventive conservation and collection risk management and coached the risk assessment activities within the Inside Installations project in 2006-2007. She is currently programme manager for ‘Collection Risk Management’.
Bart Ankersmit holds a PhD in inorganic chemistry (University of Amsterdam, 1996). He joined ICN in 1996 as a conservation scientist working on metals, indoor air pollution, preventive conservation and risk management. Together with Agnes he teaches workshops on preventive conservation and collection risk management and coached the risk assessment activities within the Inside Installations project in 2006-2007. Bart has recently published the revised Dutch guidelines for the indoor museum climate which are now in line with risk-based decision-making.