RETOLD

Discussion: The Concept of Authenticity in Collections of Open-Air Museums

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How is it possible that if you go into an arts museum, the ceramics you see may be made yesterday and may be a valued and legitimate part of the museum collection, while in open-air museums, a similar object may be produced by a master craftsperson yesterday, yet is not called authentic? Are we blinded by historical-archaeological authenticity?...

RETOLD Visibility

From the beginning of the year 2021, EXARC has been working on creating a clear style for the RETOLD project: the products and communication. So far we have a logo, approved by all partners, and basic styles to use on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). These are media EXARC is very present on and will share progress with. First we are going to present our partners and the project itself, later more products will be designed. You will see that our collaboration exists out of museums (archaeological and open-air), a University, a Digital Media Studio and EXARC itself...

Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Ltd (IE)

Nüwa is a Dublin-based digital media agency specialising in digital strategies and production for the cultural sector. Previous clients include Irish National Opera, UCD Symphony Orchestra, VR Ireland, Ergodos,...

Nüwa provides a collaborative environment in which creatives, designers and technologists explore the potential of audiovisual and digital media and their value for cultural, academical and architectural organisations.

We drive a flexible approach and love to explore new horizons. Our work ranges from experiential cloud-based audio-visual production to interactive art installations, film production and web applications.

Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA (RO)

Member of EXARC
No

The ASTRA Open-Air Museum situated in the natural reservation of Dumbrava Sibiului, 4 kilometers away from the Sibiu city centre, spreads across 96 ha, of which more than 40 ha are covered by the permanent exhibition. It was opened in 1963 when the assumed mission was to present the traditional technical patrimony in rural Romania, mills for grinding, oil, grapes and fruit presses, sawmills and watermills, and some peasant industries.

After the 90's, the museum goes through an obvious transformation, the aspect of traditional culture being more present through the houses rebuilt in the museum, but also with emphasis on the immaterial patrimony. ASTRA Open-Air Museum currently holds over 400 monuments of folk architecture and technique, as well as an impressive collection of ethnographic heritage objects. Conceived as a living museum, it hosts many traditional events such as: traditional fairs, workshops, folk festivals and performances.

Kicking-off RETOLD

Early December, we silently started with the EU Project RETOLD. This is all about open-air museums and the documentation, digitization and sharing of their stories. The start of the project is mainly about ensuring all partners agree with what we promised Brussels, checking what changed since a year ago and where challenges may arise in the start of the 4-year project. We planned several digital meetings with each partner and one general one. Also discussing the next few months and timeline.

Project countries are Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and Romania. EXARC is the project leader...

EXARC Lead Partner in EU project RETOLD

Brussels deemed us worthy: the RETOLD Project gets green light!

EXARC leads the way in this documentation and digitising endeavour for open-air museums. In four years, with six partners and a budget of over 300,000 EUR we will develop methods of multimodal documentation which will be brought to the public by means of immersive digital storytelling. We will be happy to start by the end of 2020.

The RETOLD project will ensure that open-air museums can continue telling important cultural heritage stories to a diverse public by developing a standardized workflow to collect, digitize, and publish data on buildings, crafts, and traditions...

We do it again – EXARC sends in EU Project Application

On November 26, EXARC sent in a project application to Brussels. The idea is to develop a documentation and digitization strategy for open-air museums, to the benefit of the museums themselves and their visitors. The project goes by the name “Retold Stories - Sustaining Cultural Memories in Open-Air Museums”. EXARC and Stadtmuseum Berlin organise a conference by the same theme in Berlin in March 2020. 

The Creative Europe Project RETOLD has six partners: EXARC (lead partner), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ES), Complexul National Muzeal ASTRA (RO), AÖZA gGMBH (DE), Nüwa Digital Media Content Production Studios Limited (IE) and Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin (DE). The budget of the project is over 300,000 EUR...

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (ES)

Member of EXARC
Yes

Though only  less more  than 50 years old, the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) has already consolidated itself amongst the 200 best universities in the world within the main university rankings and is located within the top 10 new universities with greatest international projection and prestige.

Though only  less more  than 50 years old, the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) has already consolidated itself amongst the 200 best universities in the world within the main university rankings and is located within the top 10 new universities with greatest international projection and prestige...

Museumsdorf Düppel (DE)

Member of EXARC
Yes

During the 12th century AD Slavic tribes as well as incoming Germanic groups occupied the area of the modern city of Berlin. Towards the end of the 12th century, a small village was established some 20 km to the south-west of the early villages of Berlin and Cölln on the River Spree. There is still ongoing debate whether the Village in Düppel was a Germanic settlement, or if it was also influenced by Slavic traditions.

During the 12th century AD Slavic tribes as well as incoming Germanic groups occupied the area of the modern city of Berlin. Towards the end of the 12th century, a small village was established...