Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum is a major research project focused on recent and contemporary artworks that challenge the practices of the museum. It contributes to theory and practice in collection care, curation and museum management.
The project started in June 2018 and was due to end on 30 June 2021, but due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic it was extended to December 2022 to allow time for the remaining project publications, finalisation of audience research, and a major international conference. Reshaping the Collectible: Learning Through Change was held online on 14, 15 and 16 September 2022. The majority of sessions were recorded and are available to watch on the conference event page here.
Reshaping the Collectible is grounded in six studies focused on works in the Tate collection: works that unfold over time and exist in multiple forms; works that challenge the boundaries between artwork, record and archive, and rely on complex networks of people, skills and technologies outside of the museum.
At the heart of this initiative is a desire to open up the museum and provide a generous invitation to Tate’s public, making visible the invisible lives of artworks as they unfold within, and in dialogue with, the museum.
We are adding material to the website as it becomes ready for publication. Further texts are forthcoming, and the next to be added will be texts on Tate’s net art commissions in ‘The Lives of Net Art’ section.
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