Glasgow: 12-13 giugno 2008
ATSR 3rdInternational Symposium
STUDY AND SERENDIPITY: TESTIMONIES OF ARTISTS’ PRACTICE
History of Art Department, Glasgow University, Scotland
After two successful symposia in Amsterdam and Madrid, the ICOM-CC working group ArtTechnological Source Research is organising its third international symposium, incooperation with the History of Art Department at Glasgow University, Scotland.
The primary aim of the ATSR Working Group is to establish a focus for historicaldocumentary source research on art materials and techniques, and to encourageinterdisciplinary projects between different fields such as conservation, art history, history ofeconomy, and conservation science. Reconstructions, a natural follow-on from the collectionof information on materials and their use, are an essential part of these projects as well.Regular consultation with art historians, conservators and museum professionals indicates aclear and present need for an increased body of accessible contemporary documentary sourceson art technology. The ATSR aims to be a platform for the exchange and dissemination ofinformation on art technological sources and to systemize the tools and techniques for thistype of research.
The papers presented at this 3rdconference center on the exploration of artists’ practice from awide range of disciplines and periods, as recorded in visual and written testimonies; fromtreatises and manuals to correspondence, ledgers, diaries and journals, as well as images:paintings, prints, photographs, film etc. The study of these often illuminating sources onartists’ techniques in support of art historical and conservation research is key to theconference. There is some emphasis on the 18thcentury, a period so far little studied in thiscontext.
For more information on the ATSR working group see:http://www.clericus.org/atsr/