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time-based media conservator, student
What is your education and/or training?My name is Vittoria Gelati and I’m very interested in media art conservation and preservation. I attended the Bachelor in Cultural Heritage and Media Studies Conservation at the University of Milan, where I’ve studied subjects as chemistry, microbiology and physic of light in order to investigate, prevent and restore artworks chemical-physical degradation and damages. Besides these scientific subjects, more humanistic ones, as Art and Film History, completed the Bachelor studies. For my Bachelor thesis, I undertook a one year internship at the Fondazione Cineteca Italiana di Milano, where I worked in the Museum MIC-Museo Interattivo del Cinema, in the Archive and in the restoration laboratory (MicLab). In this period I did guided tours in the museum, catalogued the films and the media materials stored in the archive and update the archive database since the supports were recently moved in from another location. I finished my studies with the Master in DAMS-Film and Audiovisual Studies at the University of Udine, where I had the opportunity to investigate more in deep Media Studies, which are my most interest. During the Master I’ve developed mostly theoretical and practical skills in film and video tape restoration as well as their cataloguing and conservation. I’m really involved in Media Art and time-based Art and how to conserve and restore them. During the Master I also attended a 6 month Erasmus+ Studio Programme at the Stockholm University, where I improved my theoretical skills on media studies concepts, and a 6 months internship in the museum ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Germany, where I had the opportunity to improve my conservation skills in practice, work in a team and experience the museum context. As the conclusion of my student career I wrote my Master thesis about archiving and exhibiting Media Art, basing the resource on the worldwide context, the experience in ZKM and the case study of some artworks between 1978 and 1983 from the video artist Federica Marangoni, who I could also meet and interview. In my thesis I also suggest a conservation model for media artworks, basing the structure on the standard OAC (Opere/Oggetti d’Arte Contemporanea 3.00) from the ICCD (Istituto Centrale per la Conservazione e la Documentazione), MiBAC.