Documenting the Analogue Past in Marijke van Warmerdam's Film Installations
Revista de História da Arte - Série W
Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies (AHM)
Dutch visual artist Marijke van Warmerdam is best known for her film-based installations, which present simple settings or
actions, such as a girl performing a handstand, in short, 16mm film loops that are projected in the gallery space. In 2011
van Warmerdam took the decision to digitize most of her film installations. From a conservation perspective this is remarkable,
since the disappearance of the analogue 16mm projectors from the gallery space significantly alters the experience of van
Warmerdam’s film-based works. However, with reference to recent ideas from performance studies, in particular the notion of
"dramaturgy," I argue that there is no inherent difference between the analogue and digital versions of her installations.
The case serves to explore a more radical freedom of interpretation in the execution of time-based media installations and
proposes a perspective on documentation that shares responsibility among all different stakeholders, extending the "ecosystem"
of time-based media conservation beyond the museum’s walls.
Proceedings title: Performing Documentation: in the conservation of contemporary art
Publisher: Instituto de História da Arte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Place of publication: Lisboa
Editors: L.A. Matos, R. Macedo, G. Heydenreich
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