Aga Wielocha

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Aga Wielocha, 2021. Photo Cesar Delgado Martin.
Born Warsaw, Poland

Aga Wielocha is a researcher and collection care professional specialised in contemporary art.

She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the research project Activating Fluxus in the Institute Materiality in Art and Culture, Bern Academy of the Arts (BFH). Previously, she worked as a Conservator in M+ Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong, where she was designing documentation strategies to support efficient care of growing collections of visual art, design, architecture and moving image.

She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2021). Her doctoral research, titled Collecting archives of objects and stories: On the lives and futures of contemporary art at the museum carried out within the program New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art (NACCA), situated at the crossroads of art history and theory, conservation, museology and heritage studies, was focused on the lives and futures of contemporary art in institutional collections, particularly on works which are variable and unfold over time.

Her general research interests lie in mechanisms and processes of institutional collecting with the focus on processual, contemporary art formats, such as art projects, participatory art and performance and she regularly lectures, gives presentations, and writes on this topic.

Prior to her doctorate studies, she served as a conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland. She holds a Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art from the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland. [1]

Talks, Lectures and Conference Papers[edit]

Writings and other Forms[edit]

Scholarly articles:

  • "Museum Collection in a Public Space", [in:] S. Sunara, A. Thorn (eds.) Conservation of Sculpture Parks, London 2018
  • "Between curator and the artist: a problem of authority", [in:] E. Hermens, F. Robertson (eds) Authenticity in transition. Changing practices in contemporary art making and conservation, London 2016

Other writings:

Other forms:

  • Radio Fluxus: Stories from the Fluxus Archives is a podcast series which invites scholars, artists, curators, conservators and other art researchers and practitioners to share their stories about one Fluxus artwork, along with their views on its use and activation. This podcast is part of the research project Activating Fluxus located at Bern University of the Arts and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Organised symposia and research projects[edit]

  • Collecting and Preserving Research-based and Archive-based Art Projects, online (M+ Museum Hong Kong), Feb-Apr 2022. Research project, and a series of six internal seminars for M+ Museum staff with invited guests (Cornelia Sollfrank, Claire Bishop, Patricia Falcao, Sarah Haylett, Martina Haidvogl, Aymeric Mansoux, Julie Boschat Thorez, Anna Schäffler) curated by Dušan Barok. In collaboration with David Smith.
  • Activating Fluxus: In and Out of the Archive, May 2023, Fondazione Bonotto, Molvena, Italy. Hybrid symposium focused on the notion of the archive and considerations of the archival space as a potential site for activating works created since the 1960s with a particular focus on Fluxus.