The most significant deliverable of the Access2CA project was the documentary film Installation Art: Who Cares?. It goes without saying that access projects in museums are a great way to inform museum public on the issues conservators face; however, they are often location and artwork specific. PRACTICs co-organisers decided it would be useful to create a film that could be used by all museums and also by educators in the field.
The maintenance and conservation of contemporary visual art is a new challenge for museums and conservators. More and more artists have taken leave of the painter's brush and are moving on to new media, such as video. Or they are making installations of transient materials like polystyrene, wax and scotch tape. Can these works be saved for the art lovers of the future?
The film offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the European museum. It investigates three cases that shed an interesting light on the practices and issues that the conservator of modern and contemporary art deal with. The three cases are:
- Notion Motion, Olafur Eliasson (2005), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, donation H+F Patronage 2005
- Exchange Fields, Bill Seaman (2000), Museum Ostwall collection, Dortmund
- This is Propaganda, Tino Sehgal (2002), Tate, London
DIRECTOR: Maarten Tromp INTERVIEWS: Tracy Metz PHOTOGRAPHY: Mick van Dantzig, Roel van 't Hoff SOUND: Leo Fransen, Charles Kersten, Willem de Wijs EDITOR: Bart van den Broek MUSIC: TheDefilers PRODUCER: Michiel Hogenboom REALISATION Paulien 't Horn (SBMK) COVER DESIGN Arienne Boelens Office
To view the film go to: http://www.vimeo.com/24535819