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The aim of documentation: Micro-decisions in the documentation of performance-based artworks

Marcal, H; Macedo, R; (2017) The aim of documentation: Micro-decisions in the documentation of performance-based artworks. In: Proceedings of the 18th ICOM Comittee for Conservation Triennial Conference. (pp. 0204-0204). International Council of Museums (ICOM-CC): Copenhagen, Denmark. Green open access

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Abstract

The preservation of performance-based artworks, such as installations and performances, is often accompanied by frequent discussions regarding their documentation. How can performance- based artworks, which are unrepeatable and contextual, be documented after the event? This paper aims to reflect upon the purpose of the documentation of performance-based artworks and about how the micro-decisions conservators make during the documentation process can influence and are influenced by their intentions. In this context, the concepts and practices of documentation are critically examined. With this goal in mind, the artwork Identificación (1975) by the Portuguese artist Manoel Barbosa (b. 1953) and the documentation produced in two different contexts by two different people (a choreographer and a conservator) are discussed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The aim of documentation: Micro-decisions in the documentation of performance-based artworks
Event: ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference
Location: Copenhagen
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.icom-cc-publications-online.org/Public...
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088969
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