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Reusing digital collections in museums and archives yields new stories in potentially surprising, innovative forms. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision invite creatives to create new work using archive material from their digital collections. With an open call, three creatives will be selected who will work out their ideas into three new, autonomous media works that will be shown in Het Nieuwe Instituut in the autumn.

Open Archief collage

Creatives and collections

Open Archief brings together creatives and heritage institutions to discuss the importance of the creative reuse of heritage and the availability of online collections. Creatives are invited to experiment with the possibilities of digital heritage collections on a creative, technical and copyright level. The knowledge about reuse that is gained during this talent development process is shared with creatives and heritage professionals. This includes a blog where creatives share their experiences and make the creative process visible, a symposium where creatives and heritage professionals discuss creative reuse of heritage collections, and a publication with recommendations on reuse, copyright and sustainable storage.

Open call

The open call for the recruitment of three creatives will be open at the end of January, and will be available on the websites of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision. The selected makers will use the open, reusable collections of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision for half a year to research, experiment and create new work. They will be supported during this period by experts from the two institutes and professionals from the field.

Archive interpretations in Het Nieuwe Instituut

Het Nieuwe Instituut manages one of the largest architectural archives in the world. Like all other archives, this Rijks Collection for Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning only really comes to life when the stored material is examined, interpreted and shared with the public. Since 2014, Het Nieuwe Instituut has involved designers, artists and researchers in the development of their own collection - for example through assignments in the New Archive Interpretations series - and encourages them to discuss the role of an archive in their work.

Sound and Vision

In a series of projects, Sound and Vision explores new possibilities for opening up and reusing the audiovisual collection it manages. Open Images is a platform where thousands of videos are made available under open licenses. Sound and Vision actively stimulates diverse and experimental reuse. For example, the institute makes GIFs of historical footage and in the project RE: VIVE electronic musicians make new beats of historical sound recordings.

The project is made possible by a contribution from the Mondriaan Fund.

Project Partners

Sound and Vision, Het Nieuwe Instituut