In fine art conservation, the main ethical issue is that all conservation activities should be faithful to the integrity of the original art object, respecting both the authentic, original appearance of the work and the artist’s original intention. Most ethical codes specify different kinds of integrity: physical, aesthetic and historical. The first refers to the material components, the second describes the ability of an object to create an aesthetical sensation for the viewer, and the last describes the history that has imprinted on the object.1 These concepts of integrity (appearance and intention) are the greatest and most urgent issues confronting the field of media art conservation.
1. Muñoz Viñas, S. Contemporary Theory of Conservation, Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005.