The re-use of digital collections in museums and archives generates new narratives with potentially surprising and innovative forms. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision have invited three makers to create new works based on their digital collections. Artist Guy Königstein, filmmaker Donna Verheijden and artist/designer Oana Clitan have each developed a media work that will be exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut from 14 November.
Open Archive invites makers and heritage organisations to debate the importance of creative reuse of heritage and the accessibility of online collections. Through an open call, three makers were selected 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 her project, Oana Clitan uses the rhetoric of historical and current news broadcasting to speculate on how information will be presented in the future. The installation explores a scenario in which electrical devices are damaged, so that it is impossible to produce new visual content. The only means of visual expression in this world is through scarce, salvaged archival materials, which the government uses to inform citizens about the latest developments in the crisis.
Like frozen spaces from times gone by, silent meeting rooms, empty staircases, dusty shelves, long corridors and closed doors provide a stage for uninvited visitors. Guy Köningstein assumes the role of one unexpected guest or harmless intruder, wandering through the archive’s maze in search of connections and ways of belonging. Opening drawers and files, he asks the question: ‘Dear past, what would it take to throw you off balance?
The Stolen Archive is a speculative thriller. The video installation by Donna Verheijden makes connections between the stories and events hidden in the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Verheijden draws upon the collections as repositories of images, audio clips and objects that can be used as characters, props and sets
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.
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Open Archive events
Thursday Night Live! Open Archive
Guy Königstein, Donna Verheijden and Oana Clitan present their installations for Open Archive. For the opening of the exhibition, the makers are interviewed about their work processes and the reuse of archival materials. Three makers spent six months researching the open, digital collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Beeld en Geluid (Sound and Vision) to develop a concept for their work.
What exactly do we mean by 'open collections', and how can you reuse their materials? During the Re:Use clinic on 7 November at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Maarten Zeinstra (Open Nederland, Creative Commons Nederland) explains everything about copyright, Creative Commons, and the free use of archive materials.
How Do You Do: Open Archive
During How Do You Do: Open Archive, artists, designers, researchers and heritage professionals will discuss the creative re-use of open collections. The event, organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, forms the conclusion of the Open Archive project.
Open Archive allows three makers to create new media work from archival collections
Artist Guy Königstein, filmmaker Donna Verheijden and artist/designer Oana Clitan have been invited by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision to develop new media works based on both institutions’ online digital collections as part of the Open Archive project. They have seven months to develop the works before they are presented at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam in October.
Open Archive: Midpoint in the Process Towards a New Media Work
Open Archive, a partnership between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, has invited three makers to create a new media work on the basis of the open, online collections of both institutions. The three makers spent the first four months finding inspiration through research in the collections, visiting other archival institutions and sparring with external experts.