Reuse of digital collections in museums and archives produces new stories in potentially surprising, innovative forms. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision invite makers to create new work using archive items from their digital collections. Three makers will be selected through an open call to develop ideas into three new, autonomous media works to appear at Het Nieuwe Instituut in the autumn.
Open Archive invites makers and heritage organisations to debate the importance of creative reuse of heritage and the accessibility of online collections. Makers are invited to experiment with the possibilities of digital heritage collections in creative, technological and copyright-related ways. The expertise acquired through this talent development process will be shared with makers and heritage professionals in various ways: in a blog in which makers share experiences and visualise the creative process, a symposium in which makers and heritage professionals discuss creative reuse of heritage collections, and a publication of recommendations about reuse, copyright and sustainable storage.
An open call to find three makers is available on the Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision websites. The selected makers will be given access to the open, reusable collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision for six months to research, experiment and create new work. During this period, they will be supported by experts from both organisations and professionals from the field.
Archive Interpretations at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Het Nieuwe Instituut manages one of the world’s largest architectural archives. Like every archive, the State Archive of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning only comes to life when the preserved materials are studied, interpreted and publicly shared. Since 2014, Het Nieuwe Instituut has invited designers, artists and researchers to help open up its collection – for example through commissions in the New Archive Interpretation series – encouraging them to examine the archive’s role in their work.
Sound and Vision
Sound and Vision also examines new ways to open up and reuse the audio-visual collection they manage in a series of projects. Open Images is a platform in which thousands of videos are made available under open license. Sound and Vision actively encourages varied, experimental reuse. For example, the institute has commissioned GIFs of historical visual material, while the RE:VIVE project stimulates electronic musicians to create new beats from historical sound recordings.
This project is made possible with support from the Mondriaan Fund.
Collection Het Nieuwe Instituut
The search portal gives access to one of the world’s largest architecture collections: 1.4 million drawings; 300,000 photographs; 2,500 models and 70,000 books and magazines, which together document the history of Dutch architecture and urbanism. Part of this collection is free of copyrights and available for reuse.
Open Images is an open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse.
State Archive for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning
The collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut contains drawings, photographs and models from the archives of Dutch architects and urban planners. The library collects and manages information about Dutch and international architecture, urban design, and related fields such as spatial planning, landscape architecture, interior architecture, art, digital culture and design. The collection is available for research in the Study Centre.
New Archive Interpretations
Five Research Commissions
In 2014 Het Nieuwe Instituut launched New Archive Interpretations, a series of commissions for artists, designers and researchers to examine the influence and impact of the digital archive in relation to its analogue predecessor, the paper archive. Over a two-year period they investigated the challenges and opportunities of digital archives.
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