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Preserving Liveliness

Event Label
Organisational Units
Conservation – Restoration, Natural Sciences and Technology in Art
Location Address (1)
Schillerplatz 3
Location ZIP and/or City (1)
1010 Vienna
Location Room (1)
Conference room

Conference on the Handling of Processual, Organic and Living Materials in Contemporary Art.
Concept: Carolin Bohlmann (IKR) and Katja Sterflinger (INTK), a cooperation of the Studio of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Institute for Conservation-Restoration, and the Institute for Science and Technology in Art of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Join also online:

The questions of how we deal with living, processual materials, and artistic works that address transience, processes, movement, performativity, and fragility have increasingly preoccupied the field of conservation-restoration in recent years. More and more artists are working with organic materials. Plants, soils, bacteria, and fungi are increasingly used as artistic materials. For conception, realization, and supervision, natural scientists and conservators become co-workers of artistic projects. These collaborative aspects, as well as the museum reception of ephemeral and living materials and works will be discussed in the workshop with colleagues and students from various disciplines. Collaboration with natural scientists, climatologists, pest control specialists, etc. is urgently needed in order to address the conservation issues of how the artistic works can be exhibited, received, documented in the context of the collection, and preserved. The recorded care of the objects, as well as the position of the museum, should be critically reflected with regard to climate discussion and sustainability. Confronted with the challenges that artworks made of organic materials and biological processes pose for production and conservation, but also for dealing with possible health risks when handling biological material, cooperation with the specialists involved is essential.

Coline Ardouin, Bern
Anne Biber, MAK, Vienna
Carlin Bohlmann, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Tina Hierl, mumok, Vienna
Ina Jessen, Dieter Roth Museum, Hamburg
Margit Laimer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Pascale Querner, Natural History Museum Vienna
Regine Rapp, Art Laboratory Berlin
Katja Sterflinger, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Franziska Weinberger, Vienna


9:30 h
Greeting: Johan F. Hartle, Rektor der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
Introduction: Carolin Bohlmann, Chair of the Institute for Conservation-Restoration and Katja Sterflinger, Chair of the Institute for Natural Sciences and Technology in the Art

10 h
Regine Rapp, art historian, curator, Art Laboratory Berlin
Living Matter in Time and Space. Über Zeit-Raum-Konzepte und Materialästhetik lebender Kunst

11 h
Coline Ardouin, Bern
Caring for living plants in the museum – An ecosophical perspective

11:30 h Coffee break

12 h
Margit Laimer, Pflanzenbiotechnologin und Pflanzenvirologin, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien
Coproduktion von Kunstwerken und Darstellung wissenschaftlicher Inhalte

12:30 h
Franziska Weinberger, art historian, Vienna
Grow = konfus & anspruchsvoll. Zur Arbeit von Lois Weinberger

13 h Break

14 h
Tina Hierl, restorer, Museum moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig, Wien
Pflanzen im mumok – aus dem Alltag einer Restaurator_in

14:30 h
Anne Biber, restorer, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien
Ein Wald im Museum

15 h
Pascale Querner, Entomologe, Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien
Schädlinge an lebenden Pflanzen und modernen Kunstobjekten in Museen

15:30 h Coffee break

16 h
Katja Sterflinger, Mikrobiologin, Institut für Naturwissenschaften und Technologie in der Kunst, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien
The good, the bad, and the ugly: can we win against the molds?

16:30 h
Ina Jessen, art historian, curator, Dieter Roth Museum Hamburg
Das Schimmelmuseum (1991-2004) von Dieter Roth
Kulminationspunkt materialspezifischer Prozesse in architektonischer und werkimmanenter Transformation

17 h final discussion