Tate conference: media in transition


With the courtesy of the V&A learning department, I went to the three-day conference at the Tate; Media in Transition, hosted by The Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute and Tate.

After the 2008’s Tate conference, ‘Object in Transition‘, this conference seems like the 2nd stage of Tate’s conference on preservation and conservation of art practices, focusing on new media.

As my project is site-specific ephemeral projection mapping installation, documentation and preservation are critical issue to me. Therefore this conference was really exciting to hear the diverse presentations from media conservators, archivists, curators and practitioners from Tate, MOMA, Guggenheim, and etc.  However, at the same time, all of the discourses rather stay in the realm of 70s, 80s’ video works, a little bit different from my own expectation.

What made my 3 days at Tate Modern truly meaningful is the conversation with the amazing people I met at the conference.  Since I haven’t had a chance to discuss with a media conservator and archivist so far, even though I have been using digital media for a decade, conversations with them were truly inspiring.

As Jamie mentioned in his post, there seemed to a growing demand for a ‘digital’ discussion. Maybe the 3rd conference in the future would be about digital.



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