Hanna Hölling
Bard Graduate Center
On the Aspects of Time, Continuity, Archive and Identity in the Conservation of Multimedia Works of Art


Thursday, November 7, 2013


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


38 West 86th Street

Open to BGC faculty, staff, and students only.
212.501.3019, academicevents@bgc.bard.edu


Hanna Hölling will be speaking at a Works in Progress Seminar on Thursday, October 24, 2013, from 12 to 1:30pm.  Her talk is entitled “On the Aspects of Time, Continuity, Archive and Identity in the Conservation of Multimedia Works of Art."

As no other artworks, multimedia installations that have been created since the 1960s and that are comprised of a wide range of components test the ruling conventions in conservation, presentation, and museum practices. Through the cycles of their materializations, performed and performative qualities, on and off status, distributed authorship and with the involvement of display and playback apparatus, various formats of film and video, sculptural and painted elements, organic components and photography, they dispute the validity of what has for decades been understood under the notion of a static, unique, or singular ‘conservation object.’

In her presentation analyzing a number of Nam June Paik's multimedia installations, Hölling will pose questions that consider what the 'object of conservation' is (or might become) in relation to its material constitution and the ways in which it functions within and beyond a certain historical moment. She will introduce different modes of thinking about time in conservation (with regard to active media and technological ruin) and conservation's paradigms of reversibility, and minimal intervention.  Furthermore, she will discuss how the changeability of multimedia artworks and – equally important – their persistence through change divorce us from thinking about their evidential, material authenticity to be preserved and evoke a profounder engagement with the archive in which and through which the works are sustained and continued.

Works in Progress Seminar