3 Installation Instructions
on Video

When installation or media artworks enter a collection or are exhibited, accompanying installation instructions are crucial. Even if the artist can oversee the work, comprehensive instructions are indispensable for the exhibitor to understand the complexity of the piece and plan accordingly for labor, materials and costs related to the install. Video documentation lends itself to capture the (de-) installation process and inform us on the correct assembly of components, accurate technical settings and the extent of variability with respect to the artist’s concept and intent. Installation instructions should include an itemization of components as well as their relation to each other and to the surrounding space. The light and sound requirements, technical specifications for equipment, and suppliers of replaceable components should all be featured in a successful instruction video.