2 Video Documentation for Art Preservation

Conservators, registrars, curators or other caretakers of a collection choose video documentation to capture an artwork at a particular point in its history, either in its original or in its present configuration and layout. Effectively preserving the work calls for a document that gives both a broad sense of the artwork and artist’s intent, as well as an in-depth understanding of its components, constitution and condition. Future “weak points” of the work such as obsolete technologies or degrading materials should be addressed, and degrees of variability or possible replacement of components should be documented. Maintenance issues are highlighted in order to guarantee for the future preservation and authentic re-installation of the work. A video documentation for preservation purposes can benefit greatly from thorough research prior to the video shoot and from interviews with the artist, assistant or others involved.