Image credit: David Brady[/caption] Other talks that stood out included Ann Whiteside of Harvard on the FACADE project about born-digital records; one of their findings was that curators must work closely with architects, system developers, legal counsel and CAD experts as individually none has all the necessary expertise. Barry Bergdoll’s deliberately provocative talk, Thinking Historically in the Period of Presentism, addressed the recent bias in curating contemporary material over historical topics; he questioned how this might affect the exhibition strategies of ICAM members.
Image credit: David Brady[/caption] Carole Ann Fabian’s talk on the MoMA-Avery Co-acquisition and Joint Stewardship of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives highlighted the sense of openness and shared goals that the project generated. She thought that managing stewardship across bodies was a positive thing as it encouraged institutions to do the same on other projects; it allowed the opportunity to examine current practice and catalyse future collections. In the session on New Lessons, Hyungmin Pai discussed the ambitious plans to build a contemporary architectural collection in the Asia Culture Complex, Gwangju, South Korea. He pointed out that as they can’t compete with European collections of 19th and 20th Asian objects, they chose to concentrate on the postwar period instead. A sense of urgency was paramount for his project; as he admitted, ‘the fast track process is not new to Korea’. Most papers touched on aspects of collections management relevant to the AA Collections Working Group ie. what to collect, and how best to store material and make it more readily available. During the conference there was also a pecha kucha session on publications, during which I presented the forthcoming book Cedric Price Works 1952-2003: A Forward-minded Retrospective, written and edited by Samantha Hardingham and published by AA Publications with CCA – my thanks to Tom Weaver and Kirsten Morphet for their help with this.
Image credit: David Brady[/caption] The conference was action-packed, stimulating and inspiring. It was good to meet new colleagues, catch up with old acquaintances and have the opportunity to exchange ideas and plans for future projects. I would like to thank the AA, ARA, ICAM and ICOM UK Committee for their generous support that allowed me to attend the conference. For more information: ICAM AA Library & Collections