Condition Reports

Reports and Templates from Matters in Media Arts

Matters in Media Arts, a non-profit organization, has generated a number of reports valuable for documenting the condition and viability of computer-based art.

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Matters in Media Arts

Curators, conservators, registrars and media technical managers from New Art Trust, MoMA, SFMOMA, Tate, have formed a consortium to establish best practice guidelines for care of time-based media works of art (for example, video, slide, film, audio and computer-based installations). The Matters in Media Arts website offers extensive resources related to the exhibition of media art.

Installation Template

This comprehensive outline could easily serve as an overall guide to the exhibition of media art. It includes information about the nature of the exhibition space, the artist's statement, electrical and maintenance requirements, and even health and safety details.


Loan Condition Report Template

This report outlines basic information about exhibited works of art: a general description of the artwork and its condition, basic installation instructions, and the lender's contact information.


Condition Report Template Addendum: Discs

This form includes detailed information about the status of the disc (DVD-Rom, DVD, CD) including a means of noting any defects including scratches and fingerprints.


Condition Report Template Addendum: Hard disc drive

This form is used in conjunction with the condition report, and includes detailed information unique to hard disc drives.