Variable Media Initiative/ seminar with Jon Ippolito

Variable Media Initiative/ seminar with Jon Ippolito
Variable Media Initiative/ seminar with Jon Ippolito
Tuesday 21 December 2010, 15.00
MAXXI Auditorium – admittance free 

Variable Media Initiative/ seminar with Jon Ippolito
promoted by the MAXXI Art Conservation Department

How should a work of contemporary art be conserved? Can a video installation deteriorate over time? How do you restore a Computer Art project? These are just some of the topics at the centre of the seminar with Jon Ippolito,
Associated Professor of New Media at the University of Maine, the first in a cycle entitled Focus on Conversation promoted by the MAXXI Art Conservation Department and devoted to the most important contemporary art conservation projects and initiatives. The seminars will feature representatives from international museums and institutions and artists and experts from throughout the world.

Jon Ippolito, considered to be one of the leading international experts on the conservation of works of contemporary art, was one of the promoters of the Variable Media Initiative for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, a conservation strategy based on information gathered via a special questionnaire: the Variable Media Questionnaire.
Through interviews with the artist, collaborators and experts close to the work of art, the VMQ documents the work with the aim of identifying the best way of conserving it, respecting both the intentions of the artist and the physical characteristics of the work.

At MAXXI, Jon Ippolito will be presenting the Variable Media Network, a working platform for the conservation of contemporary art that tackles the issues associated with the ageing of the technological devices used in certain works.
The seminar will be moderated by Laura Barreca.