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ICOM-CC Art Technological Source Research Conference

From: Erma Hermens <e.hermens<-a>
Date: Monday, February 25, 2008
Study and Serendipity: Testimonies of Artists' Practice
ATSR 3rd International Symposium
History of Art Department, Glasgow University, Scotland
12-13 June 2008

After two successful symposia in Amsterdam and Madrid, the ICOM-CC
working group Art Technological Source Research is organising its
third international symposium, in cooperation with the History of
Art Department at Glasgow University, Scotland.

The primary aim of the ATSR Working Group is to establish a focus
for historical documentary source research on art materials and
techniques, and to encourage interdisciplinary projects between
different fields such as conservation, art history, history of
economy, and conservation science. Reconstructions, a natural
follow-on from the collection of information on materials and their
use, are an essential part of these projects as well. Regular
consultation with art historians, conservators and museum
professionals indicates a clear and present need for an increased
body of accessible contemporary documentary sources on art
technology. The ATSR aims to be a platform for the exchange and
dissemination of information on art technological sources and to
systemize the tools and techniques for this type of research.

The papers presented at this 3rd conference center on the
exploration of artists' practice from a wide range of disciplines
and periods, as recorded in visual and written testimonies; from
treatises and manuals to correspondence, ledgers, diaries and
journals, as well as images: paintings, prints, photographs, film
etc. The study of these often illuminating sources on artists'
techniques in support of art historical and conservation research is
key to the conference. There is some emphasis on the 18th century, a
period so far little studied in this context.

The conference papers as well as the posters and demonstrations,
hope to provide a springboard for much new research, new approaches
in methodology, and the disclosure of so far unpublished documentary

We hope to bring together not only members of the ATSR working-group
but welcome and encourage all interested in art technological source
to attend what is promising to be an interesting meeting. The
conference will be in English.

For a preliminary programme, booking form (Early Bird fee until
April 30) please go to:


For further information please contact

    Erma Hermens
     +44 141 3303943
     e.hermens<-a t->arthist< . >arts< . >gla< . >ac< . >uk


    Ailsa Boyd
    +41 330 4097
    a.boyd<-a t->whistler< . >arts< . >gla< . >ac< . >uk

For more information on the ATSR working group see:


Dr Erma Hermens
History of Art Department
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ Glasgow

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