Collecting Otherwise is one of the research projects currently being developed by Het Nieuwe Instituut as part of the Rethinking the Collection initiative, and under the umbrella of Disclosing Architecture. This background of this initiative is the decision of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to invest 11 million euros over the next six years in the visibility – and thus the restoration and digitisation – of the National Collection of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning, which is hosted and cared for by Het Nieuwe Instituut. In this context, Het Nieuwe Instituut considers it imperative to ask fundamental questions about the value and significance of the documents contained in the collection. In turn, these questions could contribute to the reorientation of notions of what could, or should, constitute heritage and archiving in specific moments in time.
Hannah Dawn Henderson at Rijksacademie Open Studios23 MAY 2022
Working Group member Hannah Dawn Henderson, artist in residence at the Rijksacademie, exhibited Blueprints, constructing the membrane of a temporary dwelling… an installation departing from working in Collecting Otherwise, in May. Henderson parallels architectural and archival practices that conceive and reinforce cultural propositions: value paradigms, social norms, and the narratives by which we codify our understanding of collective identity and social imagination. This is her artist's statement.
University of Amsterdam Students Research VBW Case Study25 APRIL 2022
In January 2022, students of the University of Amsterdam MSc in Archival and Information Studies (led by Dr Annet Dekker), researched the Vrouwen Bouwen Wonen network archive as a case study at Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Gathering #5: Post/De/Colonial12 APRIL 2022
On Thursday 24 March, Collecting Otherwise gathered in the intimate and familiar setting of Zoom, to host the soft take-off of the second iteration, Post/De/Colonial. This event set the stage for dialogues and perspectives that centre decolonisation within (heritage) institutions and archives as movements of redress and restitution, asking questions such as: What is the role of institutions today in rebuilding heritage? And how do we think about — and most importantly, enact — redress?
Opening Up Architectural and Building Archives21 FEBRUARY 2022
This project is particularly interested in how more ephemeral artefacts - often part of collections-in-progress that include users and community-based perspectives – can manage their inherent precarity and maintain equality as they move into institutional spaces.
Collecting Otherwise 2021 in Review4 JANUARY 2022
Every year, the multi-year Collecting Otherwise project works within an ‘iteration’. In 2021, the focus was Seen/Unseen: Intersectional Feminism and Gender Queer in the National Collection of Het Nieuwe Instituut. For this iteration, Collecting Otherwise departs from both old, rediscovered archives and new acquisitions — emphasising the importance of tracing the genealogy of Othering, and viewing different roles designated for female, queer, Black bodies and bodies of colour in the National Collection.
Gathering #4: Soft Closing17 DECEMBER 2021
On Thursday 9 December, the Collecting Otherwise team and Working Group gathered for the last time this year to [softly] close the project’s first iteration and look forward to what the new year will bring — despite the evening’s ever warm, caring and celebratory atmosphere, this is not a goodbye, but rather an introduction to the new and revived questions we will carry as the new iteration unfolds.
Gathering #3: Accessing the Trans-Institutional Archive19 OCTOBER 2021
An evening highlighting the collaborative efforts and multi-layered dynamics that play into the existence of archives both inside and outside the institutions where they are located.
Working Group Meeting Hosts Special Guest Renan Laru-an19 JULY 2021
On 28 June, the Collecting Otherwise Working Group held the 7th Working Group meeting, an intimate, thought provoking Zoom discussion with a special lecture by Renan Laru-an from the Philippines.