New Media Museums Colloquium: Collecting and Preserving Media Arts

Posted on Wed, 03/16/2022 - 10:50


Olomouc Museum of Art, Olomouc, CZ

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New Media Museums Colloquium:
Collecting and Preserving Media Arts


24 - 25 March 2022

Olomouc Museum of Art, Archdiocesan Museum
Mozarteum Hall
Václavské náměstí 811, Olomouc, CZ


Video and installation have become a staple of artistic practice in recent decades. Working with sound and digital media is also increasingly common. Intermedia and new media, which previously had the status of separate genres, are now a common means of expression for contemporary artists. The importance and significance of this work as cultural heritage has been recognised in major exhibitions as well as in contemporary art history. Compared to painting and sculpture, these works are often more compact and portable, but their representation in public collections is generally marginal. As a result, it is not at all clear that the time-based and installation art of this period will remain accessible to future generations.

A key obstacle in collecting media arts for many museums and organisations is limited expertise in its preservation. Many agree that documentation is key, but the relevant methods and procedures remain ambiguous. Collaboration across professions and departments is also crucial, since reinstallations of these works in galleries rely on the input of the artist, as well as curators, conservators, restorers, technical staff, and outside experts. At the same time, it is often unclear who should be responsible for the care of digital materials, electrical objects, and other unstable components. It remains a challenge to establish and maintain appropriate procedures and strategies that give institutions confidence in collecting media and installation art.

The New Media Museums project aims to address these challenges by creating a platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration in the presentation, collection and preservation of media arts and culture. Our founding members include art museums and organisations working in this field in Central Europe. The colloquium is the culmination of the pilot phase, where partners will present their ongoing work, shaped by the exchange within the platform. In order to broaden the discussion, representatives of other key institutions in the region and beyond have been invited to share their experiences as well as the challenges they face in building and maintaining media collections.


24 March


Anna Schäffler, DE — Jakub Frank, Olomouc Museum of Art, CZ — Lucia Gregorová Stach, Mária Bohumelová, Slovak National Gallery, SK — Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka, Dagmara Domagała, WRO Art Center, PL — Anna Tüdős, Márta Czene, C3 Foundation, HU — Martin Mazanec, Nela Klajbanová, PAF, CZ


Aga Wielocha, Bern University of the Arts, CH — Jitka Hlaváčková, Prague City Gallery, CZ — Eva Skopalová, National Gallery Prague, CZ — Mira Sikorová, Museum of Art Žilina, SK — Jina Chang, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO — Morgane Stricot, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, DE


25 March


Markéta Jonášová, Michal Klodner, Matĕj Strnad, Národní filmový archiv Praha, CZ — Anna Lena Seiser, n.b.k. Video-Forum Berlin, DE — Elzbieta Wysocka, National Film Archive / Audiovisual Institute, PL — Barbora Šedivá, Kateřina Drajsajtlová, Vasulka Kitchen Brno, CZ — Håvard Oppøyen, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, NO


Detailed programme can be found on the CEAD website.


The colloquium will take place on-site, in the Mozarteum Hall, with the exception of the closing roundtable (14.00-15.30), which will be held at the Flora Exhibition Centre (Hall G) and is organised in collaboration with the PAF Festival.

The programme will be streamed live on

The working language is English and the talks will be simultaneously interpreted into Czech.

Admission is free.


The colloquium programme was prepared by Dušan Barok in collaboration with Jakub Frank, coordinators of the New Media Museums project.

Technical support: Kamil Zajíček, Tomáš Jurníček, Jiří Schnapka.

In cooperation with: Barbora Kundračíková, Michal Šedivý, Jana Kovaříková.


Founding project partners: Olomouc Museum of Art, Slovak National Gallery, WRO Art Center, C3 Foundation, PAF Olomouc.

The project is supported by the International Visegrad Fund.


UPDATE (4 Apr 2022) :  The video documentation is now available online.