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Re-Visiting the Colonial Archive in the Era of Web 2.0

Moschovi, Alexandra and Supartono, Alexander (2015) Re-Visiting the Colonial Archive in the Era of Web 2.0. In: The Impact of Digitization on Photographic Heritage, Europeanna, 29-30 January 2015, CS Digital (KU Leuven) and the Lieven Gevaert Centre for Photography, Leuven Belgium.

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This paper explored the outcomes and lasting impact of a two-week artist workshop examining colonial photographic materials. Under the auspices of the Dutch Embassy in Indonesia and Langgeng Art Foundation that hosted the workshop,eleven international, multidisciplinary artists to creatively reflect upon colonial photographic practices in the Dutch East Indies looking at historical photographic and contextual material from the collections of the Tropenmuseum, the Rijksmuseum, the KITLV Archives and the National Gallery of Australia. These creative collective dialogues led to a unique cross-fertilisation of ideas, practices and media around the reconceptualisation of the colonial archive. To accommodate the diversity of material and practices, the exhibition of the works produced in the context of the workshop explored alternative modes of displaying historical and contemporary photographic material and artworks, creatively repurposing the digital archive and attempting to make these historical and conceptual interconnections accessible to academic, art, and non-specialist audiences.

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Additional Information: EuropeanaPhotography (EUROPEAN Ancient PHOTOgraphic Vintage Repositories of Digitized Pictures of Historic QualitY) was a project governed by a unique consortium (19 representatives from 13 member states), uniting some of the most prestigious photographic collections from archives, public libraries, museums and photo-agencies covering 100 years of photography - from 1839 (with the first images from Fox Talbot and Daguerre) to the beginning of the Second World War (1939). EuropeanaPhotography was funded within the Competitiveness and Innovation framework programme 2007-2013. It ran for 36 months, from 1 February 2012 to 31 January 2015. EuropeanaPhotography prepared, quality-assure and contributed over 430,000 photographic items to Europeana, together representing a selection of masterpieces from the very beginning of photographic history. EuropeanaPhotography documented historical moments of Europe-in-the-making, showcase landscapes and people, houses and clothes, social and economic changes. This content was organized in thematic groups, according to four categories: places (cities – such as the transformation of Paris by Haussmann and of Barcelona by Gaudi -, landscapes – such as the European countryside in the 1800’s -, etc…); people (portraits – Queen Victoria, the popes, Garibaldi, Coco Chanel - and daily life); events (political events– la Commune de Paris -, local and civil wars, royal weddings, etc.) and “trends” or “movements“ (industrial revolution, emancipation, artistic currents, geographic explorations, colonization, etc.). EuropeanaPhotography sought to improve Europeana’s profile with respect to content and multilingualism. Europeana held an impressive mass of images usually representing objects such as paintings, sculptures and archaeological artefacts, while photographic images - early ones in particular - were underrepresented. EuropeanaPhotography sought to fill this gap. Furthermore, the project sought to provide metadata in all partner languages, as well as in Hebrew and Chinese. Finally, the project tackled the important issue of public-private partnerships, which had not been fully explored yet within the framework of Europeana. The private project partners would demonstrate how return-on-investment can be generated by participating in Europeana, while public institutions explored the benefits of cooperating with the private sector. Europeana Photography Final Conference Hosted by CS Digital (KU Leuven) and the Lieven Gevaert Centre for Photography in Campus Library Arenberg, this event aimed at assembling scholars from the field of photography and professionals from photo-archives, in order to develop an understanding of responsible archival practices towards photographic heritage in the context of the promotion of public access through digital portals. Topics tackled: archival practices for photographic heritage, digitization and preservation, Europeana, public exposure and the archival mission.
Uncontrolled Keywords: archive, digitisation, photography, new media, colonialism, postcolianilism, creative repurposing
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