For the last eight months I have been the Conservation Intern at Small Data Industries. Located in Brooklyn, New York, Small Data Industries is a private practice that specializes in addressing the conservation and preservation needs of the objects, artworks and related materials that are generally classified within collections as time-based media (TBM). We work with a wide range of museum and archival collections, as well as private collectors, artist estates and foundations, and living artists themselves. The company's mission is to "support and empower people to safeguard the permanence and integrity of the world's artistic record," which it achieves by providing a variety of services including condition assessment, collection surveys, conservation treatment, technical documentation, acquisition counsel, digital repository management, coaching, and consulting.
The volume and diversity of on-going activity has afforded me the opportunity to gain an astonishing breadth of experience, which has furthered my exploration and deepened my understanding of the conservation practice while exposing me to new practical techniques that have exercised my skills and expanded my proficiency. Over the course of the last several months, I have completed the physical and digital examinations of collection materials, written treatment proposals, performed condition assessments, conducted artist interviews, and produced written, photographic, audio, video and technical forms of documentation for the hardware and software associated with TBM artworks and archival materials.