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Paper Title Information Processing for Art: a conservator’s view
Paper IdentifierMO3.R1.3
Authors Ella Hendriks, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Session Applications to Fine Arts
Location Le Théatre (Parterre), Level -1
Session Time Monday, 08 July, 14:30 - 16:10
Presentation Time Monday, 08 July, 15:10 - 15:30
Abstract From a conservator’s perspective, this talk will consider ways in which information processing plays an increasingly important role in conservation research and practice. It can be involved at all stages and levels of conservation decision-making and treatment, from diagnosing the condition of artworks, to modeling chemical and physical processes of change as a basis for determining preventive conservation protocols, monitoring in real time the effects of conservation treatment, and offering non-invasive alternatives to physical intervention in order to restore lost colour or form in artworks. Examples will be drawn from the speaker’s own experience in the field of paintings conservation, as well from student projects on textile and wooden objects at the University of Amsterdam conservation training programme. It will be argued that the impact of information processing is profound, as it transforms methods and approaches in the field of art conservation.