As the primary focus of FRESCO Collective, each research project aims to probe into the currently understudied fields and draws growing public and scholarly attention thereto.
Structured around various disciplines related to the project, the research teams bring together the expertise of multiple academic committees, composed of renowned scholars and educators, and the devotion of in-house researchers.
TIME-BASED MEDIA ART
Technology has the power to transform the human experience, with technological developments permeating almost every aspect of daily life. With the practical implementation of new technologies, there quickly follows a corresponding artistic application. The fast-paced advancement of technology within the 20th and 21st centuries has served as inspiration for generations of new artists, absorbing practically-minded innovations and transforming them into expressions of creativity. The interdisciplinary nature of such works creates a unique opportunity to unite the fields of science and the arts, often considered disparate. In time-based media art, artists become engineers, and technical engineers become artists.
The exploration of this intersection between the creative and the technological creates a community of curiosity and artistic innovation, but it also presents challenges. Artists’ visions can remain unrealized without access to the facilities or the technical skills necessary for their work. Additionally, the constant, rapid development of new technologies leads to the equally rapid obsolescence of software-based media, creating the need for conservation practices which differ greatly from the conservation of more traditional media.
Pioneers in establishing conservation programs of this kind range from academic institutions, such as New York University and its Time-Based Media Art Conservation program, to museums like the Tate and Guggenheim, with departments of specialized conservators. These institutions are creating gateways to the much-needed growth of this field. With the establishment of institutions like these, the constantly evolving world of time-based media art is backed by professionals ready and able to preserve its history.
FRESCO is dedicated to encouraging the recognition and development of the collaborative efforts common in time-based media art, both during and after the creative process. The time-based media art research project aims to explore the various ways in which these collaborations can take place, and to promote the growth of such interdisciplinary efforts throughout the artistic, conservational, and scientific communities. The programming will take a two-pronged approach; it will focus mainly on the key ideas of the interdisciplinary nature of tech in art, and the conservational aspect of preserving this art. Various programs will seek to educate, generate discussion, or highlight the need for development in the field of time-based media art creation and education.
Time-Based Media Art Committee
Abe Abraham (Abanar)
David Jones (Dave Jones Design)
Nate Harrison (Tufts University)
Full list to be announced shortly.
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