The State Archive is not only a research collection but is, itself, a subject of research. The archive really only comes to life when the accumulated materials are studied, interpreted and shared, thus creating new ideas, meanings and stories. Reflecting on the impact of the digital archive in relation to the paper archive plays a central role in this.
Since 2014, Het Nieuwe Instituut has involved designers, artists and researchers in opening up its collection and entices them to explore the role of an archive in their work. Over the past four years, this initiative has resulted in some remarkable projects that have been presented at home and abroad, but not in the institute itself. Archive Interpretations offers the perfect context to now bring home four different projects.
The Digital Archive According to Rafaël Rozendaal and Jan Willem Tulp
Het Nieuwe Instituut ventured outside the architectural collection by inviting artist Rafaël Rozendaal and data designer Jan Willem Tulp to share their visions and experiences regarding the digital archive. Rozendaal did so on the basis of his own digital-art archive, Jan Willem Tulp drawed on his expertise to suggest ways of improving access to physical and digital archives through visualisations.
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.
Richard Vijgen on data visualisation
How do you tell stories with data? In times of abundant flows of Open and Big Data, processing, interpretation and visualisation has become more urgant than ever. This Lecture Night is a collaboration with the Master of Design course at the Willem de Kooning Academy and is part of its series of 'Open Lectures’.
Report Thursday Night: The Archives of MVRDV and Zaha Hadid Architects
MVRDV is transferring its archive to Het Nieuwe Instituut. Jacob van Rijs, architect and partner at MVRDV, Manon Janssens, head of exhibitions and archives at Zaha Hadid Architects, Suzanne Mulder, heritage expert at Het Nieuwe Instituut, and Annet Dekker, researcher on digital preservation, discussed the preservation and management of digital archives.