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Transitional media: duration, recursion, and the paradigm of conservation

Holling, H; (2016) Transitional media: duration, recursion, and the paradigm of conservation. Studies in Conservation , 61 (Suppl.2) pp. 79-83. 10.1080/00393630.2016.1181929. Green open access

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Abstract

Fostering conservation as a discursive and contextual practice, this essay examines transitional media that necessitate new ways of thinking about continuity. It looks at two examples of artworks with the objective of unraveling the varying modes of their transition. An event score, event-performance, object, and film drawn from the artistic legacies of George Brecht and Nam June Paik illustrate that ideas of permanence and impermanence are linked with an understanding of artworks in time and duration. While conservation reveals itself as an intervention in the temporal dimension of artworks, the theories of duration allow us to better understand the reciprocal relations between materials and meanings. In doing so, these theories acknowledge and attempt to make sense of the performative materiality of these works.

Type: Article
Title: Transitional media: duration, recursion, and the paradigm of conservation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2016.1181929
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2016.1181929
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Conservation on 19 Sep 2016, available online:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393630.2016.1181929.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Technology, Archaeology, Art, Chemistry, Applied, Chemistry, Analytical, Spectroscopy, Chemistry, Change, Conservation theory, Continuity, Duration, Event, Time, Transition, Recursion
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/1520043
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