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Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group
Triennial Programme 2020-2023

 

Specific themes for investigation/ideas

 

The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group is interested in focusing on the following themes during the 2020-2023 Triennium:


• Semi-synthetic and synthetic textiles, conservation and preservation - this theme will be explored in collaboration with the Textiles Working Group.
• 3D printed objects, conservation and preservation.
• Street art, conservation and preservation.
• Time-based media, conservation and preservation.
• Preventive conservation strategies for modern materials and contemporary
art - connections with the Preventive Conservation Working Group will be
explored and could develop into joint discussions.
• Ethical and theoretical aspects in the conservation of contemporary art -
connections with the Theory and History of Conservation Working Group will
be explored and could develop into joint discussions.
• Education in conservation of contemporary art: current state and needs -
connections with the Education and Training in Conservation Working Group
will be explored and could develop into joint discussions.
• Sustainability within modern materials and contemporary art conservation
and preservation: sustainable approaches in conservation cares and preventive conservation (for example packing, storage, climate control), sustainable practices in the work space (for example waste management, recycling, conserving energy), and environmentally friendly materials and methods for treatments.

 

 

 Projects

 

Joint Interim Virtual Meeting
The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group and the Textiles Working Group will organise a joint Interim Virtual Meeting focusing on semi- synthetic and synthetic textiles found in collections. We would like to involve The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Costume (ICOM Costume). The meeting is proposed to take place late 2022 to early 2023. We aim to record the meeting for the ICOM-CC YouTube channel and publish the contributions online.


Zoom Chats on highlighted topics - ‘Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Topics Series’
The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group will hold a series of virtual chats -- the Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Topics series’ -- over the Triennium on specific themes to create opportunities for sharing projects, experiences, expertise and ideas, posing questions, and discussing issues related to each theme. Some of these chats will be organised in collaboration with other ICOM- CC Working Groups.


Virtual Coffee Chats – ‘Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Network Gatherings’
The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group will hold Virtual Coffee Chats -- the ‘Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Network Gatherings’ -- to create a moment and space in which our members can connect and network. Some of these virtual gatherings will be organised to increase connections between students in modern and contemporary art conservation and to provide opportunities for emerging professionals and students to network with experienced professionals.


Joint ‘International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA) - ‘Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Speed Mentoring Session(s)’
The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group will join the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA) ‘Mentoring Programme’ which aims to connect emerging conservators, or those new to
the conservation of contemporary art, with recognised and established conservation professionals. The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group and INCCA will organise virtual and/or in-person Joint Speed Mentoring Session(s).


Triennial Conference
The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group will contribute to the ICOM-CC 20th Triennial Conference by organising the Working Group’s Session for the conference.


ICOM Solidarity Project with ICOM Costume Group
The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Working Group together with the Textiles Working Group will collaborate on the ICOM solidarity project ‘Clothing the Pandemic: Bringing Repository and Collection online. Resiliency, Community, Unity: Creating Networks through an Online COVID-19 Facemask Exhibition,’ which is led by the ICOM Costume group. The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art and Textiles Working Groups have been invited to contribute to the project’s virtual workshop, virtual conference and practitioner’s guide. The theme will be issues and solutions for collecting face masks from the pandemic. To be completed in 2021.


ICOM-CC Publication Online Platform Project
Assist with gathering information for the Publications Online Platform Project related to the Working Groups’ past publications, as well as any further work required to place publications generated in this triennium.

 

ICOM-CC acknowledges and highly values the contributions and additional efforts required by the Working Group Coordinators towards converting the Beijing 19th Triennial Conference to a fully virtual event. Additional workloads are being carried by Coordinators from both the past and current triennia to ensure a vibrant and exciting conference.

 

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