HEDAH – The Archive; a protest against forgetting
Stichting Hedah, Center for Contemporary Art Maastricht is an artist initiative that offered a stage for current and international developments in the field of visual arts.
The center has functioned as the missing link within the cultural institutions of Maastricht, with the Bonnenfantenmuseum and galleries on the one hand. Attention has been paid to forms of art that are not so easy shown in the regular exhibition circuit, Hedah searched the fringes, often with a confrontation between different disciplines. This ranged from audiovisual installations, lectures, experimental projects, discussions or performances, to work by (young) artists from local and abroad.
Due to the changing times, another subsidy climate and the need to conform to certain social relevance, it was no longer possible for the foundation to meet its goals. As a result, the foundation has abolished in December 2015.
From my interest as a member of the board and as a designer, a number of questions raised:
How can we, as a board, deal best with the raw material that shows the history of this initiative?
Can we find a method to make the archive insightful to a wider audience that stimulates interaction with the material? How would you, through digitization, give the archive a broader commitment and meaning? And how could you translate this back into a book?
This dual transfer from physical to digital and backward, I find a fascinating research trip.
I have collected and digitized the material in cooperation with other employees in order not to lose this history.
We have used scanners to maintain the authenticity of the documents as much as possible. In addition to this book, a digital environment has been created in which the interested public can explore the archive. Maybe it is possible in the...
Silver in Book Design 2019, Non-Pro
Janneke Janssen, NL