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Art Technological Source Research

Working Group
Triennial Programme 2017-2020


Working Group Activities and Projects 2017–2020

The Working Group will organise one Interim Meeting in September 2019. The venue is Cologne, Germany, the meeting will be organised in collaboration with the Cologne Institute for Conservation Sciences (CICS) at the Technische Hochschule Köln Köln. The contributions will be published.
We want to encourage numerous contributions to the ICOM-CC 2020 Beijing Triennial Conference in order to provide an exciting Working Group program and to achieve productive and informative Art Technological Source Research Working Group sessions, possibly also a joint session with another Working Group. This Triennial Conference‘s venue provides excellent opportunities for broadening research to include art technological sources in non-European contexts.
The Working Group aims to distribute a yearly newsletter. It is also planned to set up a Facebook page. Relevant information such as upcoming symposia, meetings or publications that might be of interest for our members will be circulated via group emails to our membership list as well as on our webpage.

Specific themes of research /investigations
The Art Technological Source Research Working Group wants to focus on its core competence: the research of historic sources for artists' materials and techniques. Main issues for the upcoming Interim Meeting will be reconstructions. It will investigate the technical contents and the contexts of art technological sources and explore their epistemic pertinence. For the whole Triennial 2017-2020 the focus will be wider, exploring art technological sources more generally, with an additional focus on knowledge transfer in and between different cultures worldwide. Oral traditions and written sources, intercultural exchange and the role of reconstruction/re-enactment will be topics for the Triennial Conference in Beijing.

The Working Group wants to continue exploring possible synergies and collaboration avenues with institutions such as conservation programs or conservation science programs at universities where art technological source research is being conducted, especially within the framework of PhD theses or other funded research projects. We wish to respond to the increased momentum of art technological research within programs for art history and history of science by extending our reach to interest and include researchers within those fields. For this purpose we intend to collaborate also with the ICOM-CC Working Group Education and Training in Conservation.

We also want to provide a network of mutual support and of information on current developments and discussions on issues related to art technological source research and to maintain collaborations with relevant institutions through participation in conferences and events. We wish to strengthen art technological source research into topics including all arts and craft and to encourage art technological research in non-European contexts which are still less well investigated than paintings or works on paper/parchment and European art in general. This includes contacts and collaborations with other ICOM-CC Working Groups concerned with the different materials and techniques.



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