Presentation, Preservation, Interpretation – The Challenges of Musical Instrument Collections in the 21st Century
City: Basel and Bern
Abstr. due: 23.09.2016
Dates: 22.02.17 — 25.02.17
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: Bern University of the Arts (HKB) and Museum für Musik, Basel
The 2017 annual CIMCIM conference aims to address two important issues in the field of historic al musical instruments . T he first is how to deal with musical instruments of the 20 th and 21 st centuries , particularly but not limited to electronic instruments, regarding issues of collecting, presentation and conservation. The s econd is to discuss the preventive conservation of historical musical instruments as well as the dilemma of play ing them , with an emphasis on wind instruments.
The first topic of the conference concerns c ollecting and re presenting musical instruments of all time periods and geographies , including historical objects as well as recent musical instruments and ‘ sound producers ’ . On one hand, the use of new materials ( such as plastics and electronics) and mass fabrication of modern instruments create new challenge s for conservators and restorers regarding conservation and preservation. On the other hand, the objects’ relatively young age and their connection to aspects of pop ular culture raise questions for curators regarding collecting and presentation.
The second topic of the conference will concentrate on questions of preventive conservation , particularly the conservation of objects ’ inherent information, as well as on the dilemma to play wind instruments, always entail ing risk. Papers could discuss the state of the art today as well as conservation’s evolution through the 20 th century (especially since 1985 was the European year of music , coincid ing with the confere nce “ Per una carta del restauro. Conservazione, restauro e riuso degli strumenti musicali antichi ” in Venice ). The last day of the conference ( Sat urday , 25 February ) will focus on brasswinds, in cooperation with the “ Fourth International Romantic Brass Sym posium Bern ” . This day will highlight investigation s of corrosion phenomena of historic al brasswind instruments during their use for research or performance.