Recording the Ephemeral: Documenting Light, Movement and Sound Based Installations

Posted on Mon, 03/08/2010 - 08:11
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Recording the Ephemeral: Documenting Light, Movement and Sound Based Installations
Date, time
Wednesday 9th June, 13:30-16:00
This workshop starts early during the lunch break.
Reinhard Bek, conservator, Museum Tinguely
Franziska Herzog, conservator, ZKM | Karlsruhe
Martin Häberle, ZKM | Karlsruhe
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This workshop  focuses on light, sound and movement based installations and their documentation. Its content will be based on the daily museum routine and the tools available in an average conservation studio and is given by two conservators interested in these ephemeral media as well as a specialist for technical based artworks. The workshop aims for a fruitful and interactive teamwork to develop documentation strategies feasible in the daily routine.
Maximum number of participants: 25
Reinhard Bek is Head of Conservation for the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland where he has worked since 2002.  In 2009, he was invited as a one-year Conservation Fellow with The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since 2003 he has been an active participant in European conservation research projects Inside Installations and PRACTICs. His recent research is focused on the relationship between exchange and conservation of ephemeral elements in contemporary art and the methods of documentation that influence the decision. Reinhard received his diploma in Objects Conservation from HTW, University of Applied Sciences in Berlin and has interned with the Museum für Arbeit, Hamburg; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg as well as the Swiss Institute for Art Research, Zurich.
Franziska Herzog is currently Head of Conservation at the ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany. Before she rejoined the ZKM – where she had already worked since 2005 –, in 2010, Franziska was working as a sculpture conservator for the Tate (2008 - 2009). Franziska holds a diploma in conservation of paintings and sculptures from the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (2004) and gained experience through various internships i.a. at The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Chinati Foundation Marfa/Texas, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Faelleskonserveringen Helsingor/Denmark, Restaurierungszentrum Düsseldorf, and Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin. Her interest in the preservation and documentation of artificially illuminated artworks was awakened in 2005 when being in charge of an encyclopaedic light art show. Her research in this field is part of  two European projects for the conservation of contemporary art, Inside Installations and PRACTICs.
Martin Häberle is currently head of Museum and Exhibition Technical Services at the ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, where he has been working since 1996. From 1980-1995 Martin was working at the University of Heidelberg as a design technician for custom-build electronic equipment. Martin trained as an electrician (1966-1969). In addition he holds a degree in elementary education (1977) and was working as an elementary school teacher from 1977 to 1979. Since working at ZKM Martin Häberle has been in charge of numerous exhibitions and displays involving a wide range of technical, electronic, mechanical and modern media. To design and maintain those versatile artworks Martin formed a group of various specialists and established the Museum and Exhibition Technical Services, a quite unique department.