Mr Brian Castriota

  • Marie Curie ITN Fellow (History of Art)

Research interests

Research Interests

  • Conservation of contemporary art and time-based media; documentation strategies and models
  • Perceptions of authenticity, integrity, and loss in conservation and cultural heritage management
  • Applied semiotics, metaphysics, and post-structuralism in conservation theory and philosophy
  • Technical art history of time-based media artworks; analog audiovisual synthesis technologies

As an Early Stage Researcher within the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie doctoral training network "New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art" (NACCA), my dissertation research examines how authenticity is conferred and perceived in remanifestations of works that lack a fixed or finite materiality. I investigate the various material and contextual conditions that lead to a work’s “authentic” persistence or recurrence, and the circumstances in which these conditions shift and evolve over time. In my research I draw upon critical discourses around identity, instantiation, and difference to evaluate the ontological distinctions and frameworks that underpin existing collection care practices, and reframe some of the key dilemmas and challenges faced in the conservation of contemporary art.


I hold a Master's degree in History of Art and a Certificate in the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University where I graduated in 2014. Prior to being appointed as a PhD Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, I held graduate and post-graduate fellowships in Time-Based Media Art 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 addition to my specialization in time-based media art conservation, I have a background in the conservation of archaeolgocial materials and have worked as a conservator on excavations in Turkey, Sicily, and Egypt. I hold a Bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College where I concentrated in Studio Art and Art History.

Additional Information

Conference Presentations & Guest Lectures

"How Sustainable is File-Based Video Art? Exploring the Foundations for Best-Practice Development." Co-authored paper delivered at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Institute for Conservation, Montreal, Canada, May 15, 2016. 

"Making and Preserving Time-Based Media Artworks." Guest lecture for seminar Art in the Making (MLitt Making and Meaning: Approaches in Technical Art History), University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, March 7, 2016

"Consistency and Change in the Conservation of Technology-Based Installation Art." Half-Life: Persistence and Decay, UCLA Art History 50th Anniversary Graduate Student Symposium, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, October 24, 2015.

"Examination and Code Analysis of Siebren Versteeg’s Untitled Film II (2004)." Co-authored paper delivered at TechFocus III: Caring for Software-Based Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, September 24, 2015.

"Collecting Time-Based Media Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Acquisition and Documentation." Guest lecture for seminar Art With A Plug, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, February 27, 2015.

"Visible-Induced Luminescence Imaging for On-Site Archaeological Conservation: Detecting, Recording and Preserving Polychrome Decoration on Figural Terracottas." Paper delivered at the Student Symposium of the ICOM-CC Glass and Ceramics Working Group Interim Meeting, Amsterdam, October 11, 2013.

"Plastic Integrity: Shaping the Conservation Object." Paper delivered at Stories And Situations: The Moderation(s) Conference, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, October 5, 2013.

"Equipment Significance and Obsolescence in Diana Thater’s The Bad Infinite: A Case Study in the Cult of Unintentional Monuments." Poster presented at the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group on Theory & History of Conservation, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, May 15-17, 2013. 

"Time-Based Media and the Mediation of Time: Equipment Significance and Obsolescence in Diana Thater’s The Bad Infinite." Paper delivered at Archaeology, Heritage, and the Mediation of Time, Mellon Research Initiative Colloquium, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, April 13, 2013.

"Mediating Meanings: Conservation of the Staffordshire Hoard." Paper delivered at Cruising in the Ruins: The Question of Disciplinarity in the Post/Medieval University, Second Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, Northeastern University, Boston MA, September 22, 2012.