Symposium 2018

NACCA Symposium 2018: From different perspectives to common grounds in contemporary art conservation
25 – 26 June 2018
Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany


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 on 25-26 June, 2018, organized by TH-Köln and 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) will provide a cross-disciplinary forum for conservation professionals, art historians, conservation scientists, and students to address those issues. Presentations by the ITN Research Fellows in collaboration with guest keynote speakers will introduce 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.


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Monday, 25 June

09:00 – 10:00

10:00 – 10:10
Klaus Becker, Cologne
Gunnar Heydenreich, Cologne

Intent, authorship, authentication

10:10 – 10:25
Marina Pugliese, San Francisco

10:25 – 10:40
Antonio Rava, Turin

10:40 – 11:00
Artist’s Intent Revisited: From Closed Declaration to Open-Ended Process
Nina Quabeck, Glasgow

11:00 – 11:20
Contemporary Art in the Museum: Professional Roles of Care and the Management of the Artist’s Sanction
Maria Theodoraki, Lisbon

11:20 – 11:40
The Role of Conservation Sciences in the Authentication of Modern and Contemporary Art Works
Tomas Markevicius, Cologne

11:40 – 12:20

12:20 – 13:45

Production and reproduction

13:45 – 14:00
Ursula Schädler-Saub, Hildesheim

14:00 – 14:15
Ulrich Lang, Frankfurt

14:15 – 14:35
On the Artists’ Side: The Reinstallation Process
Sophie Lei, Rome

14:35 – 14:55
Revisiting photographic visualizations: authenticities and reproductions
Marta Garcia Celma, Cologne

14:55 – 15:15
The Exhibition as a Conservation Tool: Examining Changes in Presentation Discourses and Practices
Panda de Haan, Porto

15:15 – 15:55

15:55 – 16:25

Challenging institutional conventions

16:25 – 16:40
Renate Buschmann, Düsseldorf

16:40 – 16:55
Johannes Gfeller, Stuttgart

16:55 – 17:15
Objects in Transition: From Private to Public
Artemis Rüstau, Maastricht

17:15 – 17:35
Conservation Strategies for Software-based Artworks
Claudia Röck, Amsterdam

17:35 – 17:55
Distributed Knowledge and Expanded Networks in the Conservation of Performance-based Art
Iona Goldie-Scot, Maastricht

17:55 – 18:35


Tuesday, 26 June


10:00 – 10:15
Salvador Muñoz Viñas, Valencia

10:15 – 10:30
Hanna Hölling, London

10:30 – 10:50
Centres in Flux: Authenticity in the Persistence and Recurrence of Contemporary Artworks
Brian Castriota, Glasgow

10:50 – 11:10
Artworks in Museum Collection: From Object to Process
Joanna Kiliszek, Warsaw

11:10 – 11:30
Between Collections and Archives: the Nature of Contemporary Artworks in the Museum Realm
Aga Wielocha, Amsterdam

11:30 – 12:10

12:10 – 14:00

Cross-disciplinary networks

14:00 – 14:15
Renata Peters, London

14:15 – 14:30
Jaroslaw Suchan, Łódź

14:30 – 14:50
Expanding networks for expanding artworks: writing biographies of ‘dividual’ art
Caitlin Spangler-Bickell, Maastricht

14:50 – 15:10
INCCA2.0 – Documentation and Data Transfer
Dušan Barok, Amsterdam

15:10 – 15:30
Mapping authorship and ownership of information in contemporary art conservation research: an interdisciplinary perspective
Zoë Miller, London

15:30 – 16:10

16:10 – 16:15
Closing remarks

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Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences, TH Köln, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln
How to get there

Reservations free of charge (limited number of tickets on a first come, first served basis)
Please register at before 15 June 2018.

The conference is supported by the Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’ (NACCA), which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 642892.
Planning Committee: Gunnar Heydenreich, Diana Blumenroth, Marta G. Celma

Symposium website on TH Köln