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Symposium: Towards a flexible future. Managing timebased media artworks in collections

June 4 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Today digital technologies are so embedded in our daily lives that the rapid rate in which they develop often goes unnoticed. What does such intense and ongoing technological change mean for artists and art museums, where the notions of permanence and perpetuity have long reigned supreme?

Featuring presentations from conservators and curators from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Tate, London, as well as Australian artists, this symposium sets out to explore what it means to collect, display, preserve and make time-based media artworks. This symposium brings attention to the significant risk of loss, of both artworks and art history, that the sector faces without imminent institutional change. It argues for the importance of media arts and its future in Australian collections, examining how museums can best support contemporary art practice in all its forms.


Morning tea provided.

Speakers include:

Carolyn Murphy, head of conservation, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Justin Paton, head of international art, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Anneke Jaspers, curator of contemporary art, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Louise Lawson, conservation manager, Tate, London
Bernice Murphy, curator of contemporary art, Art Galery of New South Wales (1979-1983) and curator, chief curator, then director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1984–1998)
Stephen Jones, artist, technician and author
Daniel von Sturmer, artist
Agatha Gothe Snape, artist

This symposium has been made possible thanks to the generosity of our presenting partners Gordon Darling Foundation and EY, and our hotel partner Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

Image: Anthony McCall Meeting you halfway II 2009 (detail), single channel digital video projection, black and white, silent, haze, duration: 00:15:00 min, aspect ratio: 4:3, display dimensions variable, Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 2014
© Anthony McCall, installation view, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, 2009
Photo: Jason Wyche.


June 4
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
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