archaeological & time-based media art conservator


Brian Castriota is a researcher, educator, and conservator specialised in time-based media, contemporary art, and archaeological materials.

He completed graduate-level training in conservation at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts (2014) and received a PhD in History of Art from the University of Glasgow (2019). As a doctoral researcher within the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłowdoska-Curie ITN New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA), his thesis research examined notions of artwork identity and authenticity commonly invoked in conservation theory and practice.

Since 2018 he has been working as a freelance conservator for time-based media and contemporary art at the National Galleries Scotland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He serves as Supervising Conservator with Harvard Art Museums’ Archaeological Exploration of Sardis and has worked with the expedition since 2011. Prior to his doctoral studies he was a Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Time-Based Media Conservation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and worked as a contract conservator for time-based media artworks at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

He is a Lecturer in Time-Based Media Art Conservation at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and is a regular guest lecturer on the subject of contemporary art conservation theory and practice at the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh College of Art.

He holds the positions of Programme Chair of AIC’s Electronic Media Group, Assistant Coordinator of ICOM-CC’s Theory, History, and Ethics of Conservation Working Group, and is a Steering Group Member of ICON’s Contemporary Art Network.

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