4 Maastricht Seminar/workshop Theory and Semantics (11 & 12 May 2006)
creator(s) Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK)
contributor(s) ICN, The Netherlands; Bonnefantenmuseum

The forth project seminar/workshop took place on the 11th and 12th of May 2006 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It was organised by the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) in collaboration with Instituut Collectie Nederland (ICN) and was kindly hosted by the Bonnefanten Museum.

One of the most difficult theoretical (and practical) issues of installation art is the notion of ’the original’; particularly in the case of site-specific installations. What is essential to determining origins and authenticity of the work? What parts of it should be preserved, transformed or re-created? How to identify the ’original’ work when reproducible media are involved, such as video, and the artist is using (parts of) the original work in future editions?

Other questions that arise are: How to identify ’craftsmanship’ where new technologies are being used in contemporary art? How to identify the public’s (interactive) participation when the work undergoes changes in the course of time? What is the museum’s role when it interacts as intermediate between the artist and the public?

Another problem is the lack of a ’common language’ to describe installation art. As with contemporary art in general, new concepts are being introduced and new ways of thinking are developed rapidly. This ’sliding semantic scale’ presents a challenge to the international conservation community who recognises the need for exchanging knowledge and information.

Day one was an open seminar, day two a workshop for project participants.

Click download for the programme and the speakers' abstracts & biographies (PDF).
See also ‘project > lectures’.

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