May 20, 21 & 22

The Symposium

Structure and Scope

The symposium will provide a forum for educators, artists, art historians, museum curators and directors, collectors, gallerists, engineers, computer scientists, and conservators to foster TBM art conservation as a discipline on an international level.

  • To provide an overview about current programs in TBM art conservation education and initiatives for professional development

  • To present NYU’s TBM art conservation curriculum

  • To review core competencies and skills expected from the new generation of media conservators

  • To discuss course content and teaching formats

  • To define the profile of a TBM art conservator and explore the job market

  • To promote career opportunities in contemporary art conservation

  • To strengthen collaborative efforts for TBM art preservation

  • To examine current and future trends in technology-based art

  • To establish a network of TBM art conservation educators worldwide

The Conference Aims
  • Educators with experience or with expressed interest in technology-based art

  • TBM art conservators engaged in education and training or collaborative projects

  • Professionals embarking on strategic planning for TBM or other new fields in conservation

  • Funding agencies and collectors supporting education and collaboration, or media art in general

  • Curators and administrators in charge of museum collections already holding TBM artworks or planning to expand into contemporary art

  • Practitioners ready to share their needs, challenges, and successes in shaping the new discipline.

Target Audience

The Conference will be in English.


Symposium Videos

Videos of the presentations are available to view HERE.

Videos of the round table discussions will be added soon.



What is Time-Based Media?

Time-Based Media (TBM) artworks are characterized by having a durational element, such as sound, performance, light, or movement, that unfolds to the viewer over time via slide, film, video, software, or the internet. Conserving these artworks presents particular challenges, given their conceptual nature and their use of components that extend well beyond traditional artist materials.


TBM art conservation has been identified as a priority by many leading professional organizations worldwide due to rapidly growing TBM collections and the urgent need to preserve them. Aiming to solve the ever-increasing challenges of media art conservation, a new generation of media conservators will have to cross the disciplinary boundaries of computer science, material science, media technology, engineering, art history, and conservation. This symposium is promoting education and training opportunities for TBM as a new specialization within art conservation. It’s about time to join forces with all stakeholders involved to shape a new discipline.

More about Time-Based Media >>


Image credit: Brian Castriota (NYU IFA ‘14) at work in the Nam June Paik Archive, Smithsonian American Art Museum.



Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

May 20, 2018: Open House

(at 4:30 pm)

Chan House

14 East 78th Street

New York, NY 10075

May 20, 2018: Reception

(at 6:00 pm)

James B. Duke House

1 East 78th Street

New York, NY 10075

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences,

Warren Weaver Hall, NYU

May 21 & 22, 2018:


Room 109

251 Mercer Street

New York, NY 10012

May 21, 2018: Reception

(at 6:00 pm)

13th Floor Lounge




Organizers & Committee

Local Organizers

Professor of Conservation Science, Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. More about >>

For further information please contact

Hannelore Roemich

Conservator of Contemporary Art, Bek & Frohnert LLC, and Time-Based Media Program Coordinator, Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

Christine Frohnert

Clinical Professor, Director, Program in Digital Humanities and Social Science, Department of Computer Science, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU

Deena Engel
Program Committee
Kate Lewis

Agnes Gund Chief Conservator, David Booth Conservation Department, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge, Photograph Conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Nora Kennedy

Senior Conservator of Time-based Media, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Joanna Phillips


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has generously supported the Time-Based Media Art Conservation Curriculum Development at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.