AIC Annual Meeting EMG/CAN! Joint Session Call for Papers

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Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 to Saturday, 15 May, 2021
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020 - 11:59

Seeking proposals for a special joint session between the Contemporary Art Network and Electronic Media Group to take place at the 2021 AIC Annual Meeting, currently scheduled for May 11-15, 2021, in Jacksonville Florida. Proposals from outside contemporary art and electronic media are welcome and encouraged:

Transforming Ownership Into a Network of Care (EMG/CAN! Joint Session)

The Contemporary Art Network and Electronic Media Group would like to re-examine norms for custodianship of artworks and explore how outreach and inclusivity can be implemented in conservation practice and beyond. Submissions relating to historical, contemporary, and/or time-based/electronic art and from non-traditional projects and organizations are encouraged. Traditionally, acquisition of an artwork has transferred a great deal of control to the owner of the work. After transfer of ownership, artists, communities, and other stakeholders have few legal rights beyond copyright and limited moral rights. However, pioneering institutions have begun to understand that long-term access and meaning for many artworks is only possible through ongoing collaboration with individuals, professionals, and groups who sit outside the institutional sphere. Working with living artists, fabricators, technical experts, communities, and other networks of care and knowledge decentralizes authority, questioning the traditional models of acquisition and ownership. Through this process artworks may change and evolve after the point of acquisition. However, a more nuanced experience of a living work may be gained - as well as an environment more inclusive to all connected with the work, from artist to audience. How is collective custodianship and decision-making fostered in practice? Can it be extended beyond pioneering public collections into the realm of private ownership? How do we better incorporate the voices, viewpoints, and interests of diverse audiences and stakeholders into our current approaches and how can we as conservators advocate for the rights and voices of artists, communities, and less powerful stakeholders?

At present, AIC is planning on an in-person meeting in Jacksonville but will be watching public health guidance closely and may delay the meeting or hold it virtually. There will be an online component in all cases.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please go to:

Proposals are due by 11:59PM EDT on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Proposals should not be more than 500 words with a separate 300-word author biography.