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IIC 2014 Hong Kong Congress Registration now open

From: Graham Voce <iic<-a>
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
"An Unbroken History: Conserving East Asian Works of Art and
Hong Kong
Monday - Friday, 22-26 September 2014

IIC is delighted to present the 25th biennial IIC Congress and, for
the first time, IIC is holding this essential international
conservation event in a sub-tropical region--which brings its own,
very particular problems of preventive conservation.  The 2014
Congress will be held at Hong Kong's City Hall, situated in the very
heart of the city


An Unbroken History: Conserving East Asian Works of Art and Heritage

Objects of art and heritage generally reveal their significance
through different senses: their form and appearance; the messages
and stories they contain; the knowledge and information hidden
within them.  Hence, conservation efforts are meant not only to
assist the study of the history and the making of our heritage but
also to help us to appreciate and to revivify its beauties and
merits.  Each form and artefact of East Asian art and heritage, in
addition to assuming a unique style and nature, carries an important
meaning from and testimony to the culture and history of the people
and the region that created them.

The IIC 2014 Hong Kong Congress will provide a platform to bring
together a wide variety of views and dialogues to address the
various areas of work, study and analysis involved in the
conservation of East Asian art and heritage.  It will focus on how
conservation helps to retain or recover and then communicate the
messages that East Asian art and heritage carry, and will address
how the history or meaning of this art and heritage affects the
decision-making processes and course of conservation treatments.
Different conservation approaches, and hence methodologies, will be
discussed and examined, and will link in to the unveiling of
traditional craftsmanship, manufacturing materials and patterns of
use or previous restorations.  With advances in technology, an
increasingly efficient flow of information and a growing awareness
of conservation ethics, more specific and sustainable ways to treat
art and heritage, as compared to traditional approaches, will also
be explored.

These different approaches to conservation may be applied to the
treatment of a wide range of objects and materials: scroll paintings
and calligraphy; prints; textiles and costumes; wall paintings;
sculpture; furniture and lacquer wares; jewellery, ceramics and
metalwork of all varieties pertinent to the region.  The
conservation of the built heritage, including historical and
archaeological sites, monuments and historic buildings with
distinctive oriental features is an important aspect of conservation
in the region.  The intangible cultural heritage of a community, its
traditions, customs and rituals, its music, folk arts and crafts,
has a value that is incalculable, but it may wither and diminish
inconspicuously, unable to compete with the pressures of the
strident modern world, if we are unaware of its importance.
Innovative approaches and methods are required if we are to preserve
the relics and objects which are inseparable parts of the intangible
cultural heritage and complement efforts in its preservation.

Outline format: The languages of the congress are English and
Chinese.  Simultaneous interpretation from English to Chinese
(Putonghua) and vice versa will be made available at the main
Congress venue.  The Congress printed publications will be in
Chinese and English.

    Technical programme
    Part 1
    Monday -Tuesday 22-23 September 2014
    and Wednesday morning 24 September 2014

    Cultural Tours
    Wednesday afternoon
    24 September 2014

    Technical programme
    Part 2
    Thursday - Friday 25-26 September

A full programme of social events is planned including three evening
receptions at Hong Kong's major museums and cultural venue, a
Congress Dinner in authentic Cantonese style at the famous and
splendidly decorated 'Jumbo' Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen plus
post-Congress excursions to Lantau Island (Hong Kong), Macau, or
Kaiping (mainland China) after the Congress.

A special feature of the 2014 Congress will be a discussion session
devoted to environmental standards for the safekeeping of cultural
heritage objects and the management of environmental conditions
within museums and other buildings in a responsible and sustainable
way, bearing in mind the need to reduce the carbon footprint of
museums and their activities.

There will be a poster display, including the familiar student
poster section, and a trade fair with leading suppliers and service
providers in the field.

While parallel meetings will be held for members of the IIC
Fellowship, representatives of IIC Regional Groups, student
participants and grant recipients during the Congress week, there
will also be a number of free thematic presentations offered by the
sponsors over the lunch breaks.

What registration brings you: The registration fee covers attendance
throughout the event, including morning and afternoon refreshments
every day of the technical programme, attendance at the evening
receptions, participation in the mid-week (Wednesday) cultural tours
to experience the cultural scenes of Hong Kong, the printed Congress
Preprints plus special congress souvenirs.  There will be an
additional fee for the Congress Dinner and as well as for the
post-congress excursions.

Those of you who are accompanying participants at the Congress are
welcome to join the receptions at no cost as well as the Congress
dinner and post-congress excursions at the same cost of the
delegate.  The mid-week (Wednesday) cultural tours will be limited
to congress delegates only.

The registration fee is discounted for current members of IIC;
consider joining IIC now, to save that money and get all the other
benefits of membership straight away.

Register now.  You can register easily at the IIC web-site:


We look forward to seeing you there.

Graham Voce
Executive Secretary
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
3, Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ UK
+44 20 7799 5500
Fax: +44 20 7799 4961

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:35
                  Distributed: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-27-35-008
Received on Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

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