Tate’s online conference features research into works of art, archives and recordings

The Tate will host an online conference, Reshaping the Collectible: Learning Through Change, from September 14-16, 2022. This international event will bring together different voices from inside and outside the museum – including artists, collections managers , restorers and curators – and from different fields within academia. The conference provides an opportunity to share research and reflect on an ongoing dialogue, exploring new questions and perspectives.

In January 2018, Tate received a major grant from the Mellon Foundation for a research program titled Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum. This initiative was an invitation to rethink practice in response to the curation and management of recent and contemporary works of art, in particular media, performative, living and digital art. Research focused on works that unfold over time; question the boundaries between the work of art, the archive and the record; and have complex social or technological dependencies. The September conference is the culmination of this project, designed to explore and consider the changing landscape of museum practice in a rapidly changing world.

The conference ends with a performance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña, An open letter to the museums of the future, followed by a guided workshop to write your own letter to the museums of the future. Introduced by Michael Wellen, Senior Curator, International Art, Tate, it will take place in Session 3, September 16, 2:30-5pm (BST).

The conference, free and open to all, will be given online over three afternoons: from September 14 to 16, 2022.

To RSVP and see the full programme, visit tate.org.uk.

Join the Slack channel for Reshaping the Collectible, organize conversations before, during and after the conference! Thanks to INCCA for making it easy to use their Slack group.

This conference is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The project and conference are led by Pip Laurenson, Curatorial Professor, Director MSc Contemporary Art and Media Conservation, UCL, and Project Leader Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum, Tate.