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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.

Open call

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.

The collections

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

Open Images is an open media platform that offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse.


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam