Inside Installations: Mapping the Studio II
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Introduction

This e-learning site explores the preservation and presentation of installation art. As a case study, it focuses on a work by Bruce Nauman, MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage). Created by Nauman in 2001, the piece is co-owned by Tate, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Kunstmuseum in Basel.

How do museums preserve and present installation art? Museum and gallery visitors might have some idea of what is involved in the conservation and storage of a painting – but with contemporary art, especially time-based media installations, they may know less about approaches to conservation. The complexity of these installations and the risk of obsolescence from the range of technologies used means that a pro-active approach to their preservation is essential if we are going to be able to continue to enjoy these works in the future. Faced with this challenge, how do conservators deal with time-based media installations?

Bruce Nauman MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage), 2001

Bruce Nauman MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage), 2001 © ARS, NY and DACS, London 2005 Photo: Tate Photography

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Work in Focus
Using interviews with the artist and Tate curators, and original video footage from the installation, this section introduces MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage), 2001, and examines some of the ideas behind its creation.

Process: Production, Presentation and Preservation
This section provides an in depth look at the technology behind MAPPING THE STUDIO II with color shift, flip, flop, & flip/flop (Fat Chance John Cage), 2001 from its creation to its display and introduces the issues involved in preserving installation art for future generations to enjoy.

Related Themes and Links
A discussion of some of the wider issues surrounding museum ownership of installation art and custodial responsibilities involved in its management and care.  In this section you can also read about the theme of recycling in Nauman’s art, and find further notes and links to other useful sites and texts.