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Firma Gispen / Verzameling (GISP) inv.nr. n289-159

Open Archief

All week at Van Abbemuseum | Downtown

Reuse of digital collections in museums and archives produces new stories in potentially surprising, innovative forms. For Open Archive, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision have invited makers to create new work using archive items from their digital collections.

Artist Guy Königstein, filmmaker Donna Verheijden and artist/designer Oana Clitan will develop new media works based on both institutions’ online digital collections as part of the Open Archive project. They will present their work at Dutch Design Week 2019.

Oana Clitan's project, 'Future news, official screens', uses past and present news rhetorics to make a speculation about how information will be presented in the future.

Silent conference rooms, empty staircases, dusty shelves, long corridors and at their end: closed doors. Frozen spaces from times gone by provide a stage for uncalled visitors in Guy Königstein’s 'Dear past, what would it take to throw you off balance?'

With the speculative thriller 'The Stolen Archive', Donna Verheijden makes connections between the stories and events that are hidden in the archives of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Beeld en Geluid.

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.

Het Nieuwe Instituut & Het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is one of the largest archives in the world, various types of media are preserved, such as radio and tv programs, games, political prints, GIFs, websites and objects. Sound and Vision objectively charts the Dutch media landscape and the impact of media.

Het Nieuwe Instituut for Architecture, Design and Digital Culture investigates, presents and represents design disciplines through exhibitions, lectures, workshops, research, educational activities.