5 Ghent Seminar/workshop Artist Participation (19 & 20 October 2006)
creator(s) S.M.A.K., Ghent

The fifth Inside Installations seminar/workshop
took place in Ghent in the impressive Handelsbeurs bulding on the 19th and 20th of October 2006 and was organised by the conservation department of the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.)

In the presentation and conservation of installation artworks, the voice of the artist is of major importance. Artists often have their own idiosyncratic means to communicate information, precisely because this information is related to the peculiar characteristics of their work.

To find the right way to conserve and present the installation artworks in the future, a co-operation takes place between the artist and the museum. Sometimes only one person is responsible for this research process, in other cases a structure or people-network is set up and a certain form for communication is selected. Data collecting methods, such as observation, participation, interaction analyses, in-depth interviewing, questionnaires and surveys, are part of this practice.

Several results of co-operations between artists, conservation researchers and museums were presented on this seminar. Professionals with experiences in interviewing artists shared their knowledge and a general frame was given from out of the field of anthropology.
Day 2 was a workshop organised for project participants and guests.

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

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