Conference: Archiving the Unarchivable

Archiving the Unarchivable

Dtl., Kassel, documenta Archiv, 23.3.2017

Thursday, November 22 – Saturday, November 24, 2018
Venue: documenta Halle, Du-​Ry-Straße 1, 34117 Kassel

In view of the future documenta Institute and on the occasion of current developments in restoration and conservation science, the documenta archiv is organizing an international conference.

With its extensive media collection, which serves as analog and digital documentation of the world’s most important art exhibition of contemporary art, the documenta archiv would like to use this conference to discuss the challenges facing media collections and their conservation care in the digital age.

The contributions will focus on documentation, digitization, prevention and conservation; and specifically the question of how much effort must be made to provide a long-​term functioning infrastructure so that institutions preserving the memory of something can fulfil their respective missions and their obligations to society.

Questions such as the following will be discussed:

When and how is a performance or an ephemeral work of art well documented? How does the terminology of original, copy and duplicate change? How do we deal with the photographs and audiovisual media created? How can original concepts of spaces, performances and installations be reconstructed in retrospect? What measures should be taken for the use of images by researchers? How does the professional image of media archivists and conservator change?

Concept: Birgit Jooss, Arlett Seidel, Alexander Zeisberg

Organization: Andrea Linnenkohl

Admission free. REGISTER HERE


Thursday, 22 November 2018

18:00 – 21:00

Welcome speeches

Sabine Schormann, documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH

Eric Seng, The Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts

Birgit Jooss, documenta archiv


Mediendienst Leistungshölle (Klaus Erich Dietl, Stephanie Müller)

Friday, 23 November 2018

8:30 – 9:30 Registration

Welcome speeches

9:30 – 9:45 Susanne Völker, Department for Culture, City of Kassel

9:45 – 10:00 Birgit Jooss, documenta archiv

Chair Andreas Gardt, University of Kassel

10:00 – 11:00 Dagmar Brunow, Linnaeus University, Växjö- KEYNOTE: Between Remembering and Forgetting: The Archive and Cultural Memory

11:30 – 12:15 Martin Koerber, Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin – Expert Networks to the Rescue, what can we learn from the Film Archives?

12:15 – 13:00 Chris Edwards, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles – Digitization: Current Practices to Future Prophecies

Second Session: TIME-​BASED MEDIA ART: The New Discipline in Conservation

14:30 – 14:45 Chair Arnaud Obermann, State Gallery Stuttgart – Introduction

14:45 – 15:30 Johannes Gfeller, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design – Time-​based Media: Macrotime, Microtime, Transmateriality

15:30 – 16:15 Joanna Phillips, Guggenheim Museum, New York – Time-​based Media Conservation in Museum Practice

16:45 – 17:30 Dorcas Müller, ZKM – Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe – Sauve qui peut (les médias)! ZKM | Laboratory for Antiquated Video Systems

17:30 – 18:15 Andreas Weisser, Restaumedia and Doerner Institut, Munich – Ethical challenges in the conservation of time-​based media. Do we need a digital Code of Ethics?

18:30 – 19:30 PANEL DISCUSSION, moderated by Johannes Gfeller, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design

Saturday, 24 November 2018

9:00 – 9:15 Registration

Third Session: TIME-​BASED MEDIA ART: Bearing the Challenges of Lifecycle Management

9:15 – 9:30 Chair Alexander Zeisberg, documenta archiv, Kassel – Introduction

9:30 – 10:15 Anne J. Gilliland, University of California, Los Angeles – Ethics, Affects and Technologies of Recovery and Repair in Twenty-​first Century Art Archives

10:15 – 11:00 Jonah Westerman, Purchase College, State University of New York – Performance, Pragmatically: Truth Claims in Exhibition Practice

11:30 – 12:15 Daniel G. Andújar, Artist, Barcelona – Against the Archive, as a “political space”

12:15 – 13:00 Tilman Baumgärtel, University of Applied Science, Mainz – Archiving on the Verge of the Digital: Van Gogh TV and “Piazza Virtuale” at documenta 8

14:00 – 15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION, moderated by Nora Sternfeld, Kunsthochschule Kassel

From 15:30 ACCOMPANYING PROGRAM (to be selected)

Harald Kimpel, documenta archiv, Kassel: Tour to the outdoor artworks of documenta

Anne Harmssen and Julia Dummer, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel: Tours on the Topic of Conservation at Neue Galerie

Birgit Jooss and Martin Groh, documenta archiv, Kassel: Tour at the documenta archiv

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