archaeological & time-based media art conservator


Dr Brian Castriota is a Glasgow-based researcher, educator, and conservator specialised in time-based media, contemporary art, and archaeological materials. He is Time-Based Media Conservator at the National Galleries Scotland, and Lecturer in Conservation of Contemporary Art and Media at University College London. Since 2018 he has worked as a freelance conservator for time-based media and contemporary art at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He served as Supervising Conservator with Harvard Art Museums’ Archaeological Exploration of Sardis from 2018 to 2023 and has worked on various excavations in Turkey, Italy, and Egypt.

He completed graduate-level training in conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University (2014), he was a Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Time-Based Media Conservation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2014–2016), and he received a PhD in History of Art from the University of Glasgow (2019). As part of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłowdoska-Curie ITN New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA) his doctoral research examined notions of artwork identity and authenticity commonly invoked in conservation theory and practice. His publications have considered how ideas from post-structuralism and agential realism rework sedimented practices of conservation. His current research explores the potentials and practical applications of post-qualitative inquiry to the doings of conservation.

He was a contributor to the IFA-NYU’s Curriculum Development Committee for Time-Based Media Art Conservation Education, he has been an Adjunct Lecturer in Time-Based Media Conservation within the programme, and he continues to serve on their TBM Curriculum Advisory Board. He is Assistant Coordinator of ICOM-CC’s Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation Working Group, he is a Steering Group Member of ICON’s Contemporary Art Network, and he served as Programme Chair/Asst. Programme Chair of AIC’s Electronic Media Group from 2020 to 2022.

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