The Conservation Department at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is pleased to offer a two-year, full-time Fellowship in the Conservation of Computer-based Art (CCBA), starting on October 1, 2016. This postgraduate fellowship will be integral to the Guggenheim’s CCBA initiative and focus on the study, documentation, and preservation of 22 software-based artworks in the Guggenheim collection. Under the supervision of Time-based Media Conservator, Joanna Phillips, the CCBA Fellow will conduct a comprehensive survey of all 22 artworks in the collection, create write-blocked disk images and XML metadata of these works for secure server storage, create artwork documentation and treatment proposals, interface with hired specialists such as computer scientists and programmers, engage in case study research on selected works, coordinate cross-institutional meetings to review the CCBA research, present CCBA research at these meetings, and assist with the dissemination of the project progress and conclusions on the Guggenheim website. The CCBA Fellow will also play a central role in the Guggenheim’s ongoing research collaboration with the Department of Computer Science at New York University.
The successful candidate will have a completed MA degree or Advanced Certificate from a U.S. or international fine arts conservation program, with a focus on and/or practical experience in time-based media conservation. Alternatively, MA degrees from Libraries and Archives, Computer Science, or Information Science programs will be considered, if the candidates display previous professional experience with cultural artifacts preservation. Candidates with basic or intermediate coding abilities will be preferred.
The successful candidate is expected to have excellent team and communication skills, the ability to independently manage time in a multitasking environment, a systematic and methodological approach to research and development, and a deep interest in mapping new territories.
Application deadline: August 31, 2016
Fellowship start date: October 1, 2016, or earliest convenience
Work Schedule: Full-time (40 hours/week), 24-months position
Compensation: $43,000 Annual Salary, includes benefits and vacation
Qualified applicants please send an e-mail with the following materials to Joanna Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org and add the subject line “Application: CCBA Conservation Fellowship”:
- Cover letter and resume
- Relevant supporting materials/portfolio
- A 1000-word statement of interest in English language. Please elaborate on your interest in conserving computer-based art and the experience and skill-set you bring to this position