by Matthew Hicks
Today the program visited the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this inspired. Willem Jan Neutelings, Michiel Riedijk, and Jaap Drupsteen designed the amazing architecture and it was, in short, breathtaking to be in there. I came out of the building with so many ideas for projects that I want to tackle in the future.
We took a tour and them were able to experience the exhibition. Our tour guide explained that the archive was like a living, breathing human-being. As the tour guide was taking us around the building and explaining the structure and where everything is kept and archived and then how it is easily made available to users, I realized that this is how information is supposed to be – readily available to users so that they can interact with it in inspiring, thought-provoking, and intriguing ways.
After our tour we were given a lecture by Dr. Roeland Ordelman titled “Audiovisual content exploitation in the networked information society.’ There’s a lot more to say about this experience, but I really haven’t been able to digest it all yet. Here are some pictures from the tour:
And a couple pictures from the exhibit: