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The Explicit Material (2019)

by Hanna B. Holling, Francesca G. Bewer
English | 2019 | ISBN: 9004372814 | 309 Pages | PDF | 8.85 MB

The Explicit Material focuses on objects as complex constructs of material relations, and points to the increased blurring of boundaries between practices of conservation and curation, thereby announcing a shift in sensibilities and understanding of the objects’ material significance.

The Explicit Material gathers varied perspectives from the discourses of conservation, curation and humanities disciplines to focus on aspects of heritage transmission and material transitions. The authors observe and explicate the myriad transformations that works of different kinds – manuscripts, archaeological artefacts, video art, installations, performances, film, and built heritage – may undergo: changing contexts, changing matter, changing interpretations and display. Focusing on the vibrant materiality of artworks and artefacts, The Explicit Material puts an emphasis on objects as complex constructs of material relations. By so doing, it announces a shift in sensibilities and understandings of the significance of objects and the materials theyare made of, and on the increasingly blurred boundaries between the practices of conservation and curation.