INCCA is a network of professionals connected to the conservation of contemporary art. Conservators, curators, scientists, registrars, archivists, art historians and researchers are among its members. Members allow access to each others unpublished information (artist interviews, condition reports, installation instructions etc) through the INCCA Database.
Since its inception in 1999, the network has grown from 23 to almost 800 members (including independents and students) from 500 organisations in around 55 countries. (May 2012)
Platform for information & knowledge exchange
The INCCA website www.incca.org contains information on all kinds of activities in the field; projects, seminars and conferences via the news section, educational possibilities as well as links to numerous websites. The resource section provides direct access to good practice documents such as theoretical articles, case study descriptions and practical guidelines and formats. Student (PhD) theses are included in the resources section. Looking for relevant literature? You can start by accessing the INCCA literature database.
The INCCA Member Website www.inccamembers.org is for member use only and houses the INCCA Database. Through this website members can create and edit their database records, search the database, edit their contact details and search for INCCA members.
This unique tool is created for and by INCCA members, allowing access to each others unpublished information. The database contains metadata records (like library cards) that describe all types and formats of documents. Each record includes keywords and an abstract as well as information on how to obtain the document.
It is now possible to attach documents of any digital format to database records making the INCCA database an even richer repository of knowledge. Different members may create records concerning the same artist resulting in a virtual artist archive.
INCCA members work together on research projects to create new knowledge for the field. Inside Installations: Presentation and Presentation of Installation Art (2004-2007) is one such project. Thirty complex installations (many multi-media) were re-installed, investigated and documented. The main results of PRACTICs (2009-2011) were the international symposium Contemporary Art: Who Cares? (2010) and the book Inside Installations.Theory and Practice in the Care of Complex Artworks.