Christine Frohnert
Since 2007
Works in New York, New York United States of America

Christine Frohnert completed her training as paintings and sculpture conservator in Germany in 1993 and consequently joined the conservation department of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. She held the position of the Chief Conservator from 2000-2005. She holds a graduate degree in the Conservation of Modern Materials and Media from the Conservation Program of the University of Arts, Berne, Switzerland (2003). From 2002-2005 she was the deputy head of the modern art section of the German Conservators' Association, VDR, and was a co-organizer of the symposium 'From Setback to Success' on the conservation of modern and contemporary art, held at Museum Ludwig in 2004. In October 2005, she joined the Cranmer Art Group in New York City as a conservator of contemporary art. In 2010 she started to provide consulting services to the Whitney Museum of American Art on the conservation of their media collection. She lectures and publishes in the field of conservation of contemporary art internationally with a strong research interest in the conservation of installation art created in the 1960’s by the artist/engineer collaborations such as E.A.T (Experiments in Art and Technology). Christine Frohnert was the chair (2008-2012) of the Electronic Media Group at the American Institute for Conservation and initiated the conference series 'TechFocus', to specifically provide education based on each electronic media category. She also serves on the board of the New York Regional Association for Conservation (NYRAC) and Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP). In May 2012 Christine Frohnert and her business partner Reinhard Bek founded Bek & Frohnert LLC, Conservation of Contemporary Art, providing consulting and conservation services with a focus on technology-based art. Christine Frohnert was named the inaugural Judith Praska Distinguished Visiting Professor teaching a seminar course as at the IFA, entitled Art with a Plug –The Conservation of Artworks containing Motion, Sound, Light, Moving Images and Interactivity.
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TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art

Wed Sep 01, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jul 30, 2010

Please see the workshop information below.

TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art:


TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art

Wed Sep 01, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jul 09, 2010

Workshop 'TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art'

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation and the AIC Electronic Media Group are pleased to announce a two-day workshop, "TechFocus I: Caring for Video Art," to take place September 1-2 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, in conjunction with the exhibition, "Haunted - Contemporary Video, Photography and Performance." Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this inaugural workshop is starting a series of four planned workshops on the preservation and presentation of electronic art, acknowledging the 10th anniversary of the ground-breaking "TechArchaeology" symposium.

This workshop aims to acquaint participants with the technical functionality of both analog and digital video art as well as the technical and aesthetic impact of digitization, compression and format migration. A comparative 'school of seeing' will be offered to sensitize the participant's eye for image structure and quality. Sessions focus on the varieties of display modes of video art in an exhibition context and demonstrate the impact of equipment selection on the integrity of the artwork. Curators, conservators and technicians will provide insight into their decision-making processes and discuss their perspectives on the preservation of video art installations.

The confirmed speakers are John Hanhardt, Chrissie Iles, Jennifer Blessing, Joanna Phillips, Steven Dye, Heather Weaver, Maurice Schechter, Mona Jimenez, Howard Besser, Chris Lacinek and Agathe Jarczyk.

For more program details about the two-day workshop and registration please visit:

Kind regards,

Christine Frohnert

Electronic Media Group Chair
American Institute for Conservation


Conservation 2.0 - New Directions

Fri Sep 26, 2008 00:00

Electronic Media Group Call for Papers:
American Institute for Conservation (AIC) 37th Annual Meeting
May 19 - 22, 2009
Los Angeles, California
Theme: Conservation 2.0 - New Directions.

The Electronic Media Group would like to invite papers following the theme of Conservation 2.0 - New Directions, highlighting the ways in which emerging technologies are affecting the conservation field. This is an ideal topic for this specialty group, corresponding with the most important issues confronting EMG professionals: the migration of technologies from one format to another and the use of new technologies to preserve obsolete components. We will also happily accept other abstracts related to electronic media conservation issues and the education of conservators of electronic media. Please submit an abstract of 150 words or less (with a title and author) to Program Chair Gwynne Ryan at before September 26, 2008. Presentations should be 25 minutes in length.