Performance: Conservation, Materiality, Knowledge

This research focuses on the questions of con­ servation of performance­based works, their temporal specifics, the involvement of the human and non­human body, the world of their extended trace history, memory, and archive.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
  • Research unit Präventive Konservierung
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration (planned) 01.10.2020 - 30.09.2024
  • Project management Hanna Hölling
  • Head of project Hanna Hölling


This project centres on the conservation of per­ formance­based artworks. Being of intrinsically short duration and involving human or non­human body, performance­ based artworks challenge the common assumptions that a work of art can be fixed, static and ‘conservable’ – an object easily constrained by the established systems of documentation and archival ordering.