Acquiring time-based media: 2008 Acquiring time-based media works of art

Image showing the time-based media work Anne, Akie & God by Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Anne, Akie & God 1998

© Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Because time-based media works require a proactive approach to care and management, the moment of acquisition is critical in gathering information that will ensure their display and care into the future.

The process diagram and documents for the acquisition process are grouped into three overlapping phases: pre-acquisition, accessioning, and post-acquisition. Although these three phases are distinct, knowledge about the artwork continuously builds from the moment it is considered for acquisition to final installation and long-term storage. This knowledge informs future decisions about storing, exhibiting, loaning, and conserving the work.

Pre-acquisitions

Pre-acquisitions; Part of the Tate, MoMA, SFMOMA research project on Matters in Media Art

Accessioning

Accessioning; part of the Tate, MoMA and SFMOMA research project on Matters in Media Art

Post-acquisitions

Post-acquisitions; part of the Tate, MoMA and SFMOMA research project on Matters in Media Art

Templates for acquisitions

Downloadable templates for the acquisition of timebased media artworks