About the conference

Authenticity in Transition: Changing Practices in Contemporary Art Making and Conservation

1–2 December 2014
Glasgow

The conference Authenticity in Transition:  changing practices in contemporary art making and conservation took place on 1–2 December 2014 and was co-organised by Erma Hermens (Technical Art History Curator, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam) and Frances Robertson (The Glasgow School of Art). It represented the final stage of a three-part series of conferences supported by the Network for Conservation of Contemporary Art Research (NECCAR) and funded by Netherlands Organisation for Fundamental Research (NWO).

The conference (see Video Archive for full proceedings) was devoted to theoretical practices of conservation and curating in contemporary art, conservation and issues of authenticity, and was concerned with the ways in which changing artistic practice will alter the way we interpret, conceive, conserve, collect and curate art with special reference to the concept of authenticity, artist intent, and ultimately value.

The international participants heard papers both from established museum and academic professionals as well as from early career and PhD researchers in the rapid-fire 5-minute presentation sessions. In addition, and as the conference was hosted by The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) within the handsome new Design School building (from New York architect Steven Holl) the programme included a thought-provoking round table discussion with contemporary exhibiting artists who are also GSA academic studio staff, centring around the ephemerality and immateriality of much of their practice, the exploration of loss and displacement that formed some of their subject matter, and their subsequent views on the future conservation or other forms of remembering their work.

Further information on the conference can be found here.

For further information about the PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers network visit the INCCA website.