Evolving exemplary pluralism: Steve McQueen's Deadpan and Eija-Liisa Ahtila's Anne, Aki and God- two case studies for conserving technology-based installation art (2001)
creator(s) Mitchell Hearns Bishop
publisher Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 40(3)

Technology-based installation art, or media art, presents special problems for conservators. These problems were addressed at TechArchaeology: A Symposium on Installation Art Preservation. This article, a result of the symposium, discusses conservation issues presented by the works of two artists in the exhibition Seeing Time: Selection from the Pamela and Richard Kramlich Collection of Media Art, which was on display at the museum during the symposium. Of the two artists, Steve McQueen was present at the symposium and was one of the participants; Eija-Liisa Ahtila was contacted and expressed her views after the symposium. A discussion of these works and the conservation issues and concerns surrounding them is presented following five key questions: What types of procedures are most effective when examining the work? What is essential to determining origins and authenticity of the work? What is the artist’s intent for conservation and how is this determined in the absence of the artist? Where is the ’heart’ of the work? How does the conservator determine what components will need preventive conservation? This is followed by discussion of the broader issues presented by media art, such as the role of documentation.

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 40(3), p. 179-181