[artinfo] OPEN LAB by Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt
Weltkulturen.Openlab at stadt-frankfurt.de
Wed Jul 3 05:52:48 CEST 2013
WELTKULTUREN OPEN LAB
The new interactive platform is now online!
With OPEN LAB, Cocomore AG and Weltkulturen Museum introduce an
interactive online platform that represents an unprecedented method
for working with ethnographic collections and remediating them in the
21st century. It is the first of its kind to have been developed by a
In 2010, the Weltkulturen Museum founded the Weltkulturen Labor in
order to revisit and reinterpret the museum's collection of over
67.000 artefacts together with artists, writers, anthropologists,
filmmakers and lawyers in residence.
The question of "How the hidden potential of the collection in the
Weltkulturen Museum may be communicated and made available beyond the
borders of the city of Frankfurt?" led to the development of OPEN LAB.
With OPEN LAB the artefacts of the collection are uploaded and serve
as design prototypes. They not only tell the story of cultures from
all over the world, but also offer untapped potential for future
innovation beyond professional and geographic boundaries.
OPEN LAB represents more than just a documentation platform for the
depiction of process-based research. It is an independent interactive
production tool for both creative producers and academics. With the
V+ Button, which can be found at each stage of development of the
project tree, each user can upload their own texts, audio files and
photos. Ideas can be exchanged and projects can be co-created from
opposite sides of the world. In this way OPEN LAB finds answers to
unresolved questions on the origins, functions, and meanings of
individual artefacts and produces new findings that can be made
available to the broader public. Its community features enable one to
follow these processes live, and to comment on and investigate
questions or projects individually or in groups.
OPEN LAB is now globally accessible to all who are interested. The
first step is to simply create an account on the homepage.
We look forward to your comments and contributions!
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