NACCA Symposium 2018
From different perspectives to common grounds in contemporary art
A two-day conference is organized as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’ (NACCA) at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS) in Cologne (Germany), providing a cross-disciplinary forum for conservation professionals, art historians, conservation scientists, and students to address current issues and advances in contemporary art conservation.
Advances in the conservation of contemporary art require discussions on fundamental questions concerning the identity, values and authenticity of modern and contemporary artworks; historically grown distinctions between specialisms; and transitions and transformations within the museum.
The two-day conference combines keynote speakers with presentations by the ITN Research Fellows, including three PhD canidates of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture at the University of Amsterdam: Dušan Barok, Claudia Roeck and Aga Wielocha. They will present preliminary results of their interdisciplinary and intersectoral research and training collaboration for the conservation of contemporary art. Through the discursive lens, speakers and participants will explore a broad range of urgent questions related to intent, authorship, and authentication of contemporary artworks, the various challenges contemporary artworks can present when facing institutional conventions, the ontology of transforming contemporary artworks, the types and impacts of reproduction of contemporary artworks and the relevance of cross-disciplinary networks on the conservation of contemporary art.