Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) is dedicated to developing knowledge through collaborations between artists, art professionals and collectors that will ensure the preservation of contemporary art and provide educational programs. Through its programs VoCA offers information-sharing platforms for artists and their collaborators – including fabricators, curators, conservators, registrars, art handlers, and gallerists – to discuss innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the research, display, conservation, and documentation of contemporary art.
Increasingly over the twentieth century, artists experimented with an unprecedented range of new materials and technologies – often with untested longevity and built-in obsolescence leading to physical instability. The conceptual concerns that underpin much of contemporary art make its conservation more than an effort to arrest physical change. The artist’s voice is primary in developing preservation strategies and their participation is essential for future conservation and presentation of their work.
- Encourage and support collaborative research projects to develop new knowledge
- Facilitate the sharing of unpublished research in the conservation of contemporary art
- Advocate for the importance of artist intent as a key factor in the conservation of contemporary art
- Stimulate critical debate on the roles and working practices of all professionals involved in the production, presentation and preservation of contemporary art
- Explore and develop opportunities to further the goals of VoCA through educational programs for artists, curators, conservators, students and a broader public audience