Save As: Archiving Born-Digital Architectural Materials

Salt Galata

May 24, 2017 19.00

Comic Museum Comic Museum, Hangzhou, Çin
MVRDV, 2011-2015
Comic Museum, Hangzhou, China
MVRDV, 2011-2015
SALT Galata, Auditorium

Management of born-digital content requires new policies and standards, as well as expertise and cooperation within current archival practices, especially in the complex field of architecture. A series of public programs, organized by SALT Research Architecture and Design Archive and with the support of Kalebodur, will explore processes in managing, archiving, and preserving born-digital architectural materials throughout this year. These programs at SALT Galata will be accompanied by seminars and workshops at selected universities and architecture offices, led by senior archivists from SALT Research following their professional visits to various international institutions in the field.

The first program at SALT Galata on May 24 will focus on the transfer of MVRDV’s digital archive to Het Nieuwe Instituut. Panelists Suzanne Mulder, Annet Dekker, and Jan Knikker will address the issues at stake during the acquisition and management of a born-digital architectural collection, while discussing the collaborations among curators, architects, and researhers in this context.

The panel will be held in English with simultaneous translation to Turkish.


19.00 Introduction by Meriç Öner, Director of SALT Research and Programs

19.10 Suzanne Mulder, “Making Choices: MVRDV’s Archive as a Case Study”

19.30 Annet Dekker, “New Archive Interpretations, Speculating About Future Digital Archives”

19.50 Jan Knikker, “Born Digital”

Suzanne Mulder is the curator of collections at Het Nieuwe Instituut since 2009, and currently responsible for the acquisition of MVRDV’s digital archive. She is also a guest lecturer at the Academie van Bouwkunst and the Reinwardt Academie in Amsterdam.

Annet Dekker is an assistant professor in Media Studies: Archival Science Program at the University of Amsterdam, and a visiting professor and co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University. She also continues to work as an independent researcher and curator.

Jan Knikker has been working on many publications and exhibitions in shaping the public image of MVRDV and leading the office’s business development efforts since 2008. Knikker, who was a member of the International Projects Commission of the Netherlands Architecture Fund between 2007 and 2011, currently lectures internationally and writes for various publications.

SALT Research Architecture and Design Archive is supported by Kalebodur.

As part of Save As: Archiving Born-Digital Architectural Materials, a series of public programs organized by SALT in collaboration of Kalebodur, this panel discussion will take place with the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.