Media in Transition

January 2014 – December 2016

The Media in Transition initiative focuses on the implications of collecting time-based media works of art and related practices.

Julia Scher is being interviewed but the focus of the image is her appearing in the camera screen
Media in Transition

Themes explored include the:

  • ‘Lives’ of time-based works, key moments of transition and engagement
  • Creation of works with future forms of display or realisation in mind
  • Impact of strategies developed within time-based media conservation on other forms of conservation practice
  • Decision making and values
  • Responding to the loss of networks of production and expertise
  • Ideas about documentation within artistic, art historical, curatorial and conservation practice
  • Vanishing histories and fragile ecosystems

Thanks to the support of the New Art Trust, a Media in Transition retreat was held in October 2015 to surface and identify cross currents and connections between specific case studies. 

The thinking from the retreat directly informed a major international conference hosted by The Getty Conservation Institute, The Getty Research Institute and Tate which took place at Tate Modern on 18–20 November 2015.

View the Media in Transition conference programme here.

View recordings of all the talks here.

Steering Committee:
Marko Daniel, Convenor of Public Programmes at Tate Modern and Tate Britain
Matthew Gale, Head of Displays and Curator (Modern Art) at Tate Modern
Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research, Tate
Tom Learner, Head of the Getty Conservation Institute’s (GCI) Science Department
Andrea Lissoni, Curator of International Art, Tate
Glenn Phillips, Curator and Head of Modern & Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute
Rachel Rivenc, The Getty Conservation Institute
Jill Sterrett, Director of Collections at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Show & Tell Organising Committee:
Tina Weidner, Time-based media conservator, Tate
Jack McConchie, Time-based media conservator, Tate
Louise Lawson, Conservation Manager (Sculpture & Time-based media), Tate

Project Information

Project type
Conservation project
Research project
Support departments
Collection Care
Project leader
Pip Laurenson

See also