Media art conservation requires many forms of research to implement strategies for long-term preservation. Standard research includes investigating original playback equipment, staying abreast of emerging audio, video, and software technologies, and communicating with artists about technologies they use and their exhibition preferences. Media conservation also requires primary research to develop strategies for new technologies that artists use in their production. Museums are well served by establishing relationships with local universities to conduct some of this research. Academic faculty and students can assist media conservation in many ways, from answering technical questions to engaging in more extensive collaborations.
In this presentation the speakers describe research relationships developed between Media Conservation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and New York University (NYU). Over the past seven years a number of collaborative projects and courses facilitated needed research for the museum and provided learning opportunities for students in the Courant Institute of Mathematics, the Moving Image Archive Preservation Program, the Museum Studies Program, and the Institute of Fine Arts. One case study will be featured, in which undergraduate Computer Science students from NYU researched and documented software-based works in MoMA’s collection.
Glenn Wharton will describe the research program developed at MoMA that led to these collaborative relationships. He will illustrate the first section of the presentation with examples of collaborative research projects between the university and the museum.
Deena Engel will describe the research conducted by students on software-based art, along with her work to establish the research program within the Courant Institute of Mathematics.
Clinical Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Deena Engel is a Clinical Professor as well as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Computer Science Minors programs in the Department of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University. She teaches undergraduate computer science courses on web and database technologies, as well as courses for undergraduate and graduate students in the Digital Humanities and the Arts. She also... Read More →
Clinical Associate Professor, New York University, Museum Studies
Glenn Wharton is a Clinical Associate Professor in Museum Studies at New York University. From 2007-2013 he served as Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he established the time-based media conservation program for video, performance, and software-based collections. He founded the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art â€“ North America (INCCA-NA.org) in 2006 and served as its first... Read More →
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