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Panel discussion on the preservation of video art

From: Gwynne Ryan <gryan>
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2007
Preserving Nam June Paik's Video Installations: the Importance of
the Artist's Voice

A free lunch-time session of the College Art Association (CAA) 2007
annual conference in New York, to take place at:

    Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
    Celeste Bartos Theater
    Entrance: 4 West 54th Street
    New York NY
    February 16, 2007

The International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art -
North America (INCCA-NA), together with the Museum of Modern Art
(MoMA), the American Institute of Conservation (AIC), and the Getty
Conservation Institute (GCI), will present "Preserving Nam June
Paik's Video Installations: the Importance of the Artist's Voice," a
panel discussion on the conservation of Paik's time-based media

Nam June Paik (1932 - 2006) was a South Korean-born American artist
internationally recognized as a pioneer of video art and known for
his active participation with curators in re-installing and
technically upgrading his works.  His recent death has had a major
impact on how his works will be viewed and installed in the future.

This panel will explore what happens when there is an absence of the
artist's voice and will address two primary concerns: the loss of
visual components as certain technologies become obsolete, and the
loss of conceptual components when there is no definitive roadmap of
the artist's intent to guide future curators.  This event will
feature presentations by a conservator, curator, and Paik's
assistant with the goal of examining best practices for documenting
and archiving time-based media.  The featured panelists will bring a
combined expertise and insight into Paik's working method to provide
a unique opportunity to closely examine the roles an artist plays in
the long-term preservation of their work and the options available
to contemporary conservators.

Presenters and their topics will include the following:

    Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco
    Museum of Modern Art, will present current research in video art
    conservation through the project 40yearsvideoart: Digital
    Heritage as it relates to the work of Nam June Paik.

    Ulrich Lang, Chief Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in
    Frankfurt, Germany and Jochen Saueracker, Nam June Paik's
    assistant of twenty years, will discuss their case study of
    Paik's One Candle from the Inside Installations project.

The panel will be moderated by Gwynne Ryan, Objects Conservator at
the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, with Barbara London, Associate
Curator of MoMA's Media department, and Glenn Wharton, Research
Scholar at the New York University Conservation Center of the
Institute of Fine Arts, acting as discussants.

For more information about this event see <URL:>
or contact:

    Gwynne Ryan
    U.S. membership coordinator for INCCA-NA
    gryan [at] mfa__org

More information about the CAA conference can be found at:

Please note that this is a free session, and registration for the
CAA annual conference is not required to attend this panel

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