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Rites of passage: a conservator’s perspective on the incorporation of performance artworks into museological collections

Marcal, H; (2018) Rites of passage: a conservator’s perspective on the incorporation of performance artworks into museological collections. Revista de História da Arte , 06 pp. 116-124. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite the growing interest in performance artworks, museums worldwide still show some reservations when it comes to incorporating such works into their collections. This paper aims to explore the conservation challenges that these works present for museums. Through the analysis of the relevant literature, the practices and theories surrounding the conservation of performance-based artworks are contextualized and examined. Notions of the conservation of performance artworks are reassessed in the light of ideas relating to archives and repertoires (Taylor 2008), which can be considered essential to the study of these works. By combining reflections about performance art acquisition and performance art conservation, a new conceptual framework based on an expanded view of conservation, which regards preservation as a process that includes presentation strategies, is proposed. In order to illustrate this examination, two case studies are presented as examples: sexyMF (2006) by Ana Borralho and João Galante (f. 2002, Lisbon) and Ad Verbum (2010), by Vasco Araújo (b. 1975, Lisbon).

Type: Article
Title: Rites of passage: a conservator’s perspective on the incorporation of performance artworks into museological collections
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://institutodehistoriadaarte.wordpress.com/pu...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: PERFORMANCE ART, MUSEUMS, CONSERVATION, INCORPORATION, DOCUMENTATION
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/10088971
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