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Lost in Museums? Changeable Media, Their World, and Performance

Holling, HB; (2016) Lost in Museums? Changeable Media, Their World, and Performance. Museum History Journal , 10 (1) pp. 97-111. 10.1080/19369816.2017.1257873. Green open access

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Abstract

From the perspective of museums and conservation, where does a work lie, how and where is it? This essay sets out to analyse Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals exhibited in the form of an augmented reality at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA. With the help of this and further examples, it argues that the changeable character of artworks does not comply with the traditional museum and its techniques of musealisation that privilege the idea of artworks as objects manifest in a physical matter. The traditional functionality of a museum has therefore been challenged. Accepting the changeable nature of artworks, contemporary conservation does not return artworks to their past condition but actively takes part in their actualisation on the basis of the archive. Further artworks by Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik are understood in terms of their duration, slow and fast, while the museum and conservation acquire a particular relation to time.

Type: Article
Title: Lost in Museums? Changeable Media, Their World, and Performance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19369816.2017.1257873
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19369816.2017.1257873
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: Actualisation; changeability; contingency; continuity; duration; museum; slow and fast art; vehicular and artistic medium
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/1519883
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