The Conservation Department
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum

is pleased to announce its 6th edition of the FUTURE TALKS conference series:


Duration: November 11 to 13, 2019
Location: Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

CONFERENCE FEE (3 day-ticket)
The registration fee is graduated.
Please note there is a higher fee if you register after August 31, 2019.

Early bird (booking + payment until August 31, 2019) : € 250,00 after August 31, 2019: € 350,00

Early bird (booking + payment until August 31, 2019): € 150,00
after August 31, 2019: € 250,00

EVENING RECEPTION (November 12, 2019)
€ 50,00 (includes interesting people, open buffet and free drinks)

Full fee covers documentation, coffee breaks and apero.
Payment must be transfered to Die Neue Sammlung bank account (see below) not later than September 30, 2019 (early bird: August 30, 2019). Numbers for the conference are limited and early registration is advised.

Register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Day passes are not available.
Please note that registration and timely payment is required to participate.

After an overwhelming response to our last five FUTURE TALKS conferences (2009 – 2017) with more than 1000 participants from 26 nations we are eagerly looking forward to our 6th FUTURE TALKS 019 conference!

FUTURE TALKS is a highly recognised and established forum for interdisciplinary lectures, workshops and discussions on modern materials and technologies and its impact to the world of conservators, scientists, designers, artists and design and art galleries.

With the focus on an increasing number of interdisciplinary contributions related to technologies and modified analysis techniques, our goal is to improve the decision-making process in the conservation of modern materials and to discuss and define possible ways of active treatments.

FUTURE TALKS helps to raise public awareness to the fact that even serial products are faced with a gradual degradation process of material which can result at worst in a loss of cultural identity and history.

FUTURE TALKS 019 will be yet another extensive three day congress on international research projects and case studies both on active conservation treatments of modern materials in design and modern art and on related material and technology science.
This time the conference will be accompanied by a morning session of exciting workshops and INCCA mentoring sessions.

The FUTURE TALKS 019 are focussing on modern SURFACES.
Both in the design and the art world surfaces are the first reference point and the interface between object and recipient.
Designers and artists, as well as the industry spent a lot of energy and research into the development of surface structures, whether they might be glossy, matt, transparent, transluscent or coloured, responsive, smart or intelligent.
The professional treatment of surfaces is often the ultimate and most difficult challenge for the conservator of modern heritage. Besides a profound knowledge of materials and technologies the conservator needs to have the necessary skills available to handle these challenges in a most reasonable, appropriate and professional way.
The FUTURE TALKS 019 conference is focussing on the evolution and role of modern surface technologies in design and art, the diversity of visual qualities and appearences, the ageing phenomena and its public reception, scientific research, documentation techniques, decision-making and the practical conservation treatments involved.
During the three day conference an interdisciplinary set of experts from all over the world (24 nations at the last FUTURE TALKS conference) will share their experiences and knowledge in this field.

It is with great pleasure that we are able to offer a morning session of workshops all related to our this year’s topic modern SURFACES.

Social events and opportunities to visit local conservation studios, research labs, plastic producers and design studios will accompany the conference programme.

The conference and the associated publication will be in English language.

The detailed conference programme will be posted in the next days.

Conservation Department
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum
Die Neue Sammlung houses the world’s largest and most important collection of industrial design. The large number of objects reflects the technologies and materials developed in the course of the 20th and 21st century, attesting in particular to the use of plastics. However, unlike most traditional materials these are subject to a dynamic ageing process and after only a short time often already bear irreversible traces of their age. Corresponding types of damage can hardly be reconciled with the respective designer’s original intentions and are often problematic in terms of conservation. Since its founding in 2002, the Conservation Department has become an important hub for the conservation and maintenance of modern design objects, through research into the deterioration and preservation of the collections, the development of new conservation processes and the knowledge of its original technology. It also plays an active role in networking and information sharing and takes part in national and international research projects in the conservation of design.

Beyond the participation at international conferences with numerous lectures on the conservation of plastics we hold lectureships at such universities like the Technische Universität in Munich (TUM) and the ABK in Stuttgart.

Both knowledge and network expanded to FUTURE TALKS – an international platform initiating an intensive and profound discourse on practical conservation treatments of modern materials.

Tim Bechthold [Dipl.Rest.Univ.]
Head of Conservation
Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum

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