A Word about Performance Art

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This chapter aims to reflect on the conservation of performance art and how it has evolved in the last 15 years. It focuses on the parallels between conserving time-based media and performance art, the emerging and changing practices of collecting live art in museums, and the intertwining of conservation and curatorial practices in museums. The opening of the field to the study of the conservation of performance art was also propelled by conferences emerging from conservation projects and associations. The chapter highlights the expertise that has been developed in both collecting institutions and universities, focusing not only on how much of it is contingent on the collection and context of operation but also on the possibilities afforded by emerging tools and frameworks. The acquisition of activist performance art will further impact museum practices as well as the understanding of what it means to conserve performance in museums.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConservation of Time-Based Media Art
EditorsDeena Engel, Joanna Phillips
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781003034865
ISBN (Print)9780367460426
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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