About Matters in Media Art

Matters in Media Art is an information resource on the care of media art.

Nam June Paik Untitled (1993). Player piano, 15 televisions, two cameras, two laser disc players, one electric light and light bulb, and wires, overall approx. 8′ 4″ x 8′ 9″ x 48″ (254 x 266.7 x 121.9 cm), including laser disc player and lamp. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Bernhill Fund, Gerald S. Elliot Fund, gift of Margot Paul Ernst, and purchase. © 2013 Estate of Nam June Paik

Project History

Launched in 2005, this collaborative project between the New Art Trust (NAT) and its partner museums – the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Tate – has been designed to help those who collect and keep media artworks (e.g. video, film, audio and software-based installations).

Conceived originally as a consensus building project for the three partner museums of the NAT, the enduring goal has been to affirm our commitment to media art and artists by developing shared practices for the works’ care and preservation. It has always been the consortium’s hope that if the three museums could come together to agree on emerging stewardship practices, then by sharing these practices online they would be used, improved upon and refined by larger audiences of artists and collectors.

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Project team

  • Amy Brost, Media Conservation Fellow, MoMA
  • Jim Coddington, Agnes Gund Chief Conservator, MoMA
  • Patricia Falcao, Time-based Media Conservator, Tate
  • Ben Fino-Radin, Associate Media Conservator, MoMA
  • Martina Haidvogl, Associate Media Conservator, SFMOMA
  • Mark Hellar, Consultant, Hellar Studios LLC
  • Anna Henry, Digital Preservation Manager, Tate
  • Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research, Tate
  • Kate Lewis, Media Conservator, MoMA
  • Peter Oleksik, Assistant Media Conservator, MoMA
  • Claudia Roeck, Assistant Media Conseravtor, Tate
  • Jill Sterrett, Director of Collections and Conservation, SFMOMA

Past

  • John Alexander, Senior Assistant Registrar, MoMA
  • Nancy Adelson, Deputy General Counsel, MoMA
  • Ramona Bannayan, Senior Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Collections, MoMA
  • Michelle Barger, Deputy Head of Conservation/Conservator of Objects, SFMOMA
  • Bryony Bery, Sculpture Conservation Researcher/Administrator, Tate
  • Sydney Briggs, Associate Registrar, Collections, MoMA
  • Catherine Clement, Senior Loans Registrar, Tate
  • Allison Cummings, Assistant Registrar for Permanent Collection, SFMOMA
  • Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art, MoMA
  • Corey D’Augustine, Conservation Fellow, MoMA
  • Katie Dance, E-Collection Curator, Tate
  • Margo Delidow, Conservation Fellow, MoMA
  • Sophie Dijan, Conservation Administration, Tate
  • Steve Dye, Exhibitions Technical Manager, SFMOMA
  • Christopher Eamon, Director, New Art Trust on Matters in Media Art, SFMOMA
  • Adrian George, Curator, Tate
  • Lisa Hayes, Loans Registrar, Tate
  • David Hollely, Production Manager, Exhibition Design & Production, MoMA
  • Charlie Kalinowski, Media Services Manager, AV, MoMA
  • Wynne Kettell, Registrar Intern, MoMA
  • Barbara London, Associate Curator, Media, MoMA
  • K Mita, Director, Audio Visual & e-Commerce Technology, MoMA
  • Anne Morra, Assistant Curator, Department of Film and Media, MoMA
  • Sarah Joyce, Senior Conservator for Time-Based Media, Tate
  • Alice Keys-Toyer, Art Handling Administrator, Tate
  • Jon Lewis, Senior Conservation Technician for Time-Based Media, Tate
  • Gregor Muir, Kramlich Curator of Contemporary Art, Tate
  • Alex Musson, Web Developer, Tate
  • Anna Nesbit, AV Manager Art Handling, Tate
  • Kate Parsons, Head Registrar, Tate
  • Marie-Chantale Poisson, Fellow in the Conservation of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA
  • Gwynne Barney Ryan, Fellow in the Conservation of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA
  • Kellie Schneider, Conservation Administrator, Tate
  • Cara Starke, Curatorial Assistant, Media, MoMA
  • Sarah Tinsley, Senior Digital Content Manager, Tate
  • Glenn Wharton, Clinical Associate Professor of Museum Studies, NYU
  • Allyson Wolfe, Registrar Assistant, MoMA
  • Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator in Media Arts, SFMOMA

Facilitator

George Gawlinski

In addition to the above participants this project called on the time and expertise of numerous colleagues around the world and within the participating institutions. Finally we would like to thank Pam and Dick Kramlich and the Directors of the New Art Trust, whose commitment to media art made this project possible.

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