The Conservation Department Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is pleased to announce its eighth edition of the FUTURE TALKS conference series.
Since the beginning of industrialization, the increasing development of materials and related technologies have had an ever-greater influence on the design of goods and works of art. Until today materials are being invented, modified, blended and adapted to the needs of the market and the environment.
Conservators confronted with cultural objects of this era must recognize and interpret such complex relationships to gain a proper understanding of degradation and thus to develop appropriate conservation methods and the respective treatments. As we all know, the involvement of different disciplines, such as conservations scientists, engineers, designers and producers is a key element in the understanding of these objects.
As we could learn the last years, it is not uncommon for such conservation projects carried out to be initial approaches to the preservation of a particular modern material.
The FUTURE TALKS have been offering a discursive platform for such case studies since 2009.
14 years and 7 conferences later we’d like to review some of those to clarify their suitability and effectiveness. What worked well and still stands in the test of time? What needs to be reconsidered? What can we deduce for the future?
Like criminal investigators refer to COLD CASES when reopening past ones, with the FUTURE TALKS 023 we recognize the enormous potential in retrospective inspection of former conservation projects.
Nevertheless, the necessity of looking at current research should not be neglected.
We are very happy to present 3 exciting days stuffed with COLD AND CURRENT CASES in the conservation of the modern.
November 08 – 10, 2023
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany