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.
A total of seventy-three filmmakers, sound artists, graphic designers, performance artists and architecture historians submitted proposals to work with the collections. The selection committee comprised Brigitte Jansen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), Katía Truijen (Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Richard Vijgen (media artist). The criteria were: a distinctive concept, the motivation to work with open collections, portfolio and added value for the development of the maker’s talent.
The re-use of digital collections of museums and archives can result in new narratives with possibly surprising and innovative forms. However, it is often difficult for makers to access archives. Through the Open Archive project, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision work together to stimulate the creative re-use of digital heritage collections. Makers are invited to experiment with the possibilities of digital heritage collections in terms of creativity, technology and authors’ rights and thus create narratives for a new public.
The three selected artists and their proposals:
Con/de/struction by Guy Königstein
In his proposal Con/de/struction, Guy Königstein shows an awareness of archives’ social and political roles. During the archiving process there are numerous forms of exclusion. With this context in mind, Königstein wants to conduct research into the spatial strategies within Dutch architecture in which demolition, conversion, re-use and camouflage play a role.
The Stolen Archive by Donna Verheijden
Donna Verheijden approaches the collection as an open storage of images, audio clips and objects to be used as characters, props and sets in a speculative thriller film. In this way ‘The Stolen Archive’ creates connections between the stories and events that lie hidden in the collections.
The Evening News and the Automatic Plough by Oana Clitan
Oana Clitan’s ‘The Evening News and the Automatic Plough’ examines language use and rhetoric in news broadcasting that uses early forms of automation. She has translated her research into an audio-visual installation that reflects on the emergence of artificial intelligence. She thus makes connections to how news consumption today is subject to the influence of artificial intelligence and machine learning.