Hanna Hoelling: Object - Performance - Process: Aspects of the Presentation and Continuation of Multimedia Installations

Hanna Hoelling: Object - Performance - Process: Aspects of the Presentation and Continuation of Multimedia Installations

West Hall, Room 413

November 14, 2013 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A seminar presentation and discussion with  Dr. Hanna Hoelling focusing on the topic: What specific kinds of change does a multimedia artwork undergo, and how does it maintain its identity through those changes?   Due to their cycles of rematerialisations, obsolescence, issues of de- and re-activation and dependence on the archive, these works are particularly affected by change. In this seminar, we will approach post 1960s artworks involving multimedia installations, film, performance and event. Based on my recent publication Re:Paik; On Time, Changeability and Identity in the Conservation of Nam June Paik Multimedia Installations (Diss. Thesis, University of Amsterdam, 2013) our discussions will revolve around the artworks created by the Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006) -- their material lives, their manufacture and media, creative processes, distribution, manipulation, 'afterlives' and musealization. Going beyond the principle of a static, 'unique' and 'authentic' object, we will pose questions whether, and to which degree, these works could be conceptualised and understood in a more dynamic way, as performances and processes. Through the prisms of art, cultural and conservation theories, we will explore the reciprocal relation between materials and meanings and observe how the materiality of artworks is temporal and relational, linked with time and people, and just as well with their exhibition, curation and conservation cultures.


Hanna Hoelling is a conservator and cultural historian specializing in art and media installations with a particular emphasis on the developments of the 1960s and 70s. In her thinking, research and teaching she is interested in the aspects of time, changeability, continuity, identity, and archive in relation to how we conceive of artworks in terms of objects that endure. Hölling has lectured on the conservation of media and contemporary art, media art history, and material culture in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Glasgow, New York, and Stuttgart. She has held appointments as conservator in various museums in Europe, most recently as head of the conservation department at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. Her current research projects involve the study of the Intermedia legacy of Fluxus movement in Europe and America (Fluxus Matters) and the Andrew W. Mellon Cultures of Conservation project at the Bard Graduate Center. As Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor she lectures at the Bard Graduate Center in New York.

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