Please, accept cookies in order to load the content.

A new edition of Open Archief launches this autumn. Together with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and the International Institute of Social History, Het Nieuwe Instituut will again stimulate the creative re-use of digital heritage in 2020/21 by offering creators the opportunity to create new media work using open, digital collections. Following an Open Call, this autumn three media makers will be selected to participate in the project in which they will conduct research in and reflect upon copyrighted and open collections.

This year, Open Archief has opted for a specific theme: RE: SEARCH. The theme serves as inspiration for the participants and can be explored from different angles. RE: SEARCH is intended to evoke a sense of playfulness, stemming from archival research that provides both answers and questions, and which is both exploratory and focused.

International symposium

To share the knowledge and insights that arise from Open Archive, we are organising an international symposium in 2021 that focuses on three topics: Re:Use, Re:Search and Copyright. It will be a multidisciplinary event in which professionals from different fields (image makers, artists and heritage and copyright professionals) will come together to share knowledge and insights about and critically assess the artistic reuse of heritage.

New partner

The organisers of Open Archief are delighted to welcome the International Institute of Social History (IISH) as a new partner for this edition of the project. The IISH is making its open digital collection available and will assist with the curatorial and research aspects of the project. More information about the open call and the programme will soon be available at If you have questions, please contact