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Advanced Inkjet Preservation Workshop

In collaboration with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC), IPI arranged to host two workshops on advanced inkjet preservation in conjunction with our 2020 Vision symposium in October. These workshops are part of the Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation series and will be co-taught by Daniel Burge, Senior Research Scientist at IPI and Ryan Boatright, Founder and Owner, Atelier Boba.

This two-day workshop is designed to provide an advanced, in-depth discussion of fine-art inkjet prints in museum collections. The first day will focus on the contemporary state of the fine-art inkjet print. Inkjet has been a constantly evolving set of technologies and materials, and in recent years new variations have entered the market and are therefore also entering into collections. The workshop will begin with a short review of the nascent inkjet technologies and materials, from the simple to the complex, that dominated inkjet printing from the mid 1980’s to the mid 2000’s. From there, the most recent generations of inkjet technologies, inks and substrates, utilizing a far greater array of visual, chemical, and physical properties, will be explored. Class activities will include hands-on examination of this wide range of new print variants, so that attendees can get direct experience studying and appreciating these latest inkjet print iterations. In addition to the printed objects themselves, artists have employed a wide array of post-print treatments to modify surface qualities as well as protect the often-fragile colorants and coatings. Contemporary display techniques, including mounting and framing, as well as packaging for transport will also be discussed. Finally, there will be a conversation as to where the inkjet printing industry is heading as well as potential new trends for artist applications of these materials.

The second day will begin with a review of inkjet print naming conventions as well as how to carefully and effectively document works during acquisition. A new inkjet print information form, built on previous scholarly work, will be presented, discussed, and practiced. These will then be followed by an in-depth exploration of inkjet water emergency preparation, response, and recovery techniques. A large number of inkjet variations will be evaluated pre-event to predict risk and brainstorm mitigation strategies. Next, there will be hands-on practice responding to different types of water emergencies from small spills to large floods. Experience gained prior to actual events through such workshop demonstrations, reduces the stress and confusion during actual events and results in better outcomes. Workflows from bringing small to large numbers of prints from a wetted state to safely dry will be outlined and demonstrated and a variety of possible scenarios practiced. Finally, a discussion of incident reporting among attendees will illustrate the importance of this final step and its value to revision of preparedness plans and institutional risk assessments.

This workshop is advanced and is intended only for those who have taken previous digital print preservation workshops. It is requisite that participants are already knowledgeable on and comfortable with aqueous inkjet print identification and care.

Registration fee: $310 for AIC members, $450 for non-members. The registration fee is due after applicants have been notified of acceptance to the workshop.



October 12, 2020 - October 13, 2020


Rochester, NY