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Post-Preservation: Paik's Virtual Archive, Potentially

Hölling, HB; (2022) Post-Preservation: Paik's Virtual Archive, Potentially. In: Lee, S, (ed.) Nam June Paik Reader. Nam June Paik Art Center: Seoul. (In press).

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Abstract

This chapter discusses experimental post-preservation as a way of engagement with the archive on the example of Paik's video archive held at the Nam June Paik Arts Center in Yongin, Seoul. This concept prompts us to rethink the traditional museological approaches to caring for works of art. For a considerable time, these approaches have cultivated the concept of material preservation and truthfulness to the singular material and authentic original emergent in the effect of an intentional act based on Western notions of preservation. The versatility of Paik's film and video media renders these traditional museological approaches obsolete. The conservation of these works must preserve these works' intrinsic fluidity and thus acknowledge the process of change. Here, post-preservation as a creative engagement with the archive allows a forward-looking, inclusive and creative "presencing" and "processing" of the past in general, and Paik's moving image in particular.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Post-Preservation: Paik's Virtual Archive, Potentially
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: Nam June Paik, Paik, Video
UCL classification: UCL
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/10141057
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