Open Archive, 2015

living archive

The digital catalogue Open! Platform for Art, Culture & the Public Domain is a new online environment that continues the discursive tradition of the Open cahiers published by SKOR – Foundation for Art and Public Domain. It investigates the changing conditions of the public sphere, and the consequences of privatization, mediatization and globalization processes on social, cultural and artistic practices. The archive includes the complete printed issues from 2004 to 2012 and everything that has been published since then.

To optimize and enrich the online research and reading experience, the website allows the user to always retain the full overview of the volume of the archive, even while deeply immersed in the reading of an article. The content is presented next to three navigation columns that connect related pieces of texts via cross- and hyperlinks, provide additional explanations via definitions and include footnotes and references to literature. In particular, the crosslinks prove very useful for correlating texts of recurring discussion topics across time.

Readers can filter the articles by year, content type, theme and / or tag. Alternatively, they can browse chronologically through the entire timeline. Search function and contributors list, on the other hand, will work best for the more informed visitor. The site has been developed for desktop and tablet view.

Check out this link to access the complete archive.

editing: Jorinde Seijdel; programming: Michał Ejdys and Pascal de Man; financial support: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Rotterdam

All photos by Roel Backaert