Wrapping up the NADD Research Residency
As the NADD research residency comes to a close, this year’s residents, Sara Culmann, Maxigas and Outline, have been finalising their projects. We look back on their past three months of research and summarise the things that have (or are yet to) come out of this period. Separate publications per resident will follow early next year.
Announcing the 2022 NADD Research Residents
Following an open call for proposals, three projects have been selected for the 2022 Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) research residency. With this residency, NADD aims to explore the potential of decentralised structures for archival practices in design and digital culture. This year’s selected projects are Playable Archives by Sara Culmann, Diagrammatic Temporalities in Memory Landscapes by Maxigas, and How to Publish an Archive in Pluriform? by Outline. The residents will develop their research from September to November, with support from a number of NADD’s partner organisations.
Watch: The Evening of the V2_Archive
The Evening of the V2_Archive was an online event that took place on 20 January 2022 at V2_Lab for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam. The event celebrated the 40-year existence of V2_, and took the V2_Archive as a starting point to explore the development of electronic art and experiments at the intersection of art, technology and society.
Revisit Archiving the Social in podcast format
On the 17th of February, the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) hosted the event Archiving the Social at Het Nieuwe Instituut. The evening took Amsterdam’s pioneering Digitale Stad (Digital City) project, revisited in the exhibition Designing the Social, as a departure point for discussing the relevance of preserving digital culture. To document and share the conversation, we asked Katía Truijen, moderator of the evening, to put together a podcast based on an audio recording of the event.
NADD photo series: Entry points to archives
Over the past half year, Johannes Schwartz and Bart Lunenburg visited Allard Pierson, LIMA and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum to explore and photograph a number of archives held at these organisations. Their task was to develop a photography series. Broadly speaking, the aim of the series was to give a glimpse of what is meant by Dutch design and digital culture archives and make visible some of the material housed by the partners of the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture.
A Tour Through Video Conferencing Platforms: an Enter backgrounder
On 17 February, the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) hosted the event Archiving the Social at Het Nieuwe Instituut. The evening took Amsterdam’s pioneering Digitale Stad (Digital City) project, revisited in the exhibition Designing the Social, as a departure point for discussing the relevance of preserving digital culture. As part of the programme, Florian van Zandwijk took the audience on a tour through a number of video conferencing platforms, tracing the context and inspiration for Het Nieuwe Instituut’s own Enter.
Captured Alive: On Living Memory and Digital Archives
One of the problems of the archive that has long fascinated me concerns its temporality. Inevitably, the archive lifts the objects it contains out of their own time and context. Taxonomies, classification systems and meta data descriptors (Dublin Core) abstract the archived object from the climate in which it originally appeared. If the present, the moment of its appearance, is characterised by immediacy, then the archive is denoted by a suspension of time, a form of atemporality that makes it possible to transmit something, some quality of this object across time.
Archiving a Legacy: The Work of Maria Blaisse
This September, the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) is launching a project in collaboration with artist Maria Blaisse and Miriam Windhausen, who leads a Mondriaan Fund pilot on artists’ legacies. Windhausen has been researching the process of estate formation and management since 2018. Her latest project focuses on six cases, one of which concerns Blaisse’s body of work. The project will set in motion the assessment and inventorisation of Maria Blaisse’s archive, based on an assessment framework that NADD developed last year, with a view to its future preservation, management and, perhaps most importantly, uses.
On the Road to Archiving
How can a culture-producing organisation start an archive? On 15 June, the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) brought partners LIMA, NDE and DEN together to answer this question by showing the steps to follow and introducing the available tools and guidelines. Here, we share the meeting’s most important tips and insights on how design and digital culture organisations can archive their created content in a sustainable, accessible way.
Cabinets of Knowledge, Waiting to Be Seen
The Netherlands has a rich history of design and digital culture. Making an important contribution to this are workshops and media labs, which organise projects or residencies with makers. Over the years, they build up a large amount of knowledge, which they can pass on to new generations. Yet because workshops often work on a project basis, it is not self-evident that this knowledge is archived, let alone made accessible. In the coming years, the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture aims to support workshops and media labs to make their archives more accessible. What does it take to organise and archive this knowledge? And how can institutions better share the knowledge that lies in their archives?
Launch of the Network Archives Design and Digitale Culture
On 17 December 2020, the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture was officially launched with an online event that introduced the network's programme of activities. Watch it here.
The Archive of the Future
The past seen through artificial eyes
How does artificial intelligence (AI) view a digital archive? Does it see connections that we don’t see? What patterns does it reveal? Can AI be a guide, or a curator? Together with Het Nieuwe Institiuut and VPRO Tegenlicht, designer and artist Richard Vijgen has been investigating these questions.
The Added Value of Archiving for Design and Digital Culture
Advancing practices and disciplines
Archives are about much more than just the passive preservation of finished products. The added value of archiving for designers and digital culture makers is that it can advance their own practice or discipline – for example, by finding inspiration and depth in someone else's archive, or reflecting on one's own.
Thematic Archiving: How to Make Choices
A dilemma related to composition and accessibility
One of the most important dilemmas for NADD (the Network for Archives of Design and Digital Culture) is how it makes choices. These are not only technical dilemmas but also – and more pressingly – choices relating to the composition and accessibility of archives.