For the past five months, a group of international design practitioners came together - physically as well as over the web waves - to research their relation to moving images and sounds from Holland’s history. Last Saturday we celebrated the programme’s outcomes with a conference, titled Fluid Memory, which took place at Sound & Vision.
Throughout these past months, the participants were supported with input and feedback from a legion of artists, researchers, and other interdisciplinary brain power. Where we started from the concept of algorithms influencing information and news practice, participants gradually developed their own takes on the material we have in the vaults, which resulted in a temporary exhibit showcasing their concepts.
Thoughts and a Publication
The conference was bookended by more theoretical explorations of the concept of archives - with Annet Dekker leading a panel consisting of artist and curator Tina Bastajian, media scholar Carolyn Birdsall and Ernst van Alphen. The panel explored notions of neutrality in archival descriptions and approaches.
Some of these were captured ahead of the conference by Eindhoven’s Masters programme Design Curating and Writing students, who captured the thoughts of lecturers involved in the programme. Under the guidance of Alice Tewmlow, their collaborative interview and editing process led to the publication of this edition’s Open Set Reader. Go explore it and let your mind wander.
Lectures from the Open Set sessions, symposium and the conference are freely available for viewing at Open Set Lab’s YouTube Channel
Dive into the Eindhoven Design Academy’s Master of Curation student’s take on archival research in the Open Set reader