The Pitfalls and Successes of Technology-based Public Art

June 26, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session Type: Lab

Technology-based public artworks are often characterized by having a durational element, such as sound, performance, light, or movement, that unfolds to the viewer over time via slide, film, video, software, or the internet. Since these artworks are subject to technical and technological obsolescence, it is often left to the art administrator to identify, acknowledge, and respect the conceptual nature of these works. Presenters will share processes, challenges, lessons learned and successes in adapting and responding to these increasingly common forms of public art. During the second half of the session, the presenters will open up the forum to the audience so they can ask questions of the presenters or share their experiences working with tech-based public art.
Learning Objectives:
  • Articulate the big-picture needs of impending projects, particularly as it relates to the preparation, care, and management of tech-based public artworks.
  • Plan for the various aspects related to the commissioning of a tech-based artwork, such as how to successfully assess materials and document the creative process.
  • Learn how emerging modes of collaboration between artists, conservators, art historians, technical experts and curators can help advance the field.