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Candice Cranmer is ACMI’s first Time-based and has many years of experience in collections care and digital preservation. She has a keen interest in the preservation of contemporary art and is the co-convener of Electron, the Time-based and Variable Media special interest group of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM). She has also presented and published conservation based articles on both national and international platforms.
Preserving the Present: contemporary media in the museum
Keywords: responsive display, collecting contemporary media, ethical collecting, preserving the trace
ACMI’s centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image, investigates the potential for media to influence people, shape opinion and censor information, and for the moving image to be a tool of empowerment and social change.
Our ‘Catch of the Day’ responsive display presents a range of curated stories, current media and memes, capturing the zeitgeist of contemporary culture by exhibiting what’s currently viral on the internet. Such curation, inevitably raises a range of ethical questions around display, copyright, collecting, representation and authorship. This presentation will speak to these issues and illuminate the on-going protocols and conversations had at ACMI to ensure a responsive Museum display and archive.