AKMB continuing education digital

Offering AKMB education digital from now on, we wish to expand our previous analog formats by introducing a new option. Lectures, workshops and webinars focussing on current questions regarding the topics of art – museum – information and documentation will be presented, and mutual exchange will be promoted digitally. In this way, we are striving to support the virtual communication of our expert community and encourage them to actively participate in shaping it.

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Researching the online content of the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA)

The Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) with its headquarters in Zurich and its satellites in Lausanne and in Lugano was founded in 1951, incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation. It is a competence centre for art scholarship and art technology. Its primary activities are research, documentation, dissemination of knowledge and services in the field of fine art. Its core speciality is the production of art in Switzerland from the Middle Ages to the present day.

This online lecture presents the activities of SIK-ISEA in the field of art history and art technology and it presents the research possibilities in its diverse online content. SIK-ISEA‘s online resources include informed scholarship about Swiss art and art history, such as biographical data about artists in the SIKART Lexicon, web-based Catalogue raisonnés, Collections and projects as well as the Archive and Library catalogues. The research portal launched in 2021 is the gateway to all SIK-ISEA’s online resources, which can be searched in full or with a selected focus.

Speaker: Dr. phil. Matthias Oberli, head of the department art documentation at SIK-ISEA in Zurich since 2008. Its research focuses on Baroque art, cultural patronage and digital art history.

The presentation was available online until June, 8, 2022.

A complementary online conversation on discovery systems was held on June 8, 2022. 

Participants of the online discussion group were:
Julia Beck, Specialised Information Service (SIS)Performing Arts, Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library, Frankfurt am Main, (E-services)
Carla Camilleri, Vienna Museum of Science and Technology (Team Management Archive and Library) and Tomas Samuelsson (IT)
Dr. phil. Matthias Oberli, head of the department art documentation at SIK-ISEA in Zurich
Karin Schmidgall, German Literature Archive (Deutsches Literaturarchiv – DLA) (Deputy Head of Library)

Organization: Patrizia Brumen (Neue Galerie Graz, UM Joanneum, Head of Library)
Provision of the Zoom-meeting: Andreas Ferus (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Library, Director)

The Art Library Sitterwerk and its dynamic order 

The Foundation Sitterwerk consists of an art library and a material archive, occupies oneself with topics as alternative ways of knowledge organisation and the ways how users orient themselves within libraries – the ways how we search, and how we find information during the last 15 years. Roland Früh, head of the library, presents the history of the Foundation Sitterwerk and speaks about recent projects, dedicated to new participative ways to design databases and online catalogues.

The art library of the Foundation Sitterwerk is a reference library, containing about 30,000 items about sculpture, architecture, photography, material and cast iron technologies, material science as well as restoration and preservation. The stock of the library is accessible through the catalogue of Sitterwerk and on site. The location of every book is recorded via the RFID technology on a daily basis. This principle of a permanent new created inventory allows the placement of books in a local specific dynamic order. The art library is located in the same space as the material archive, intended to be used parallel and in good neighbourhood with each other.

The Sitterwerk team is currently formed by Patricia Hartmann (director), Julia Lütolf (Werkstoffarchiv), Barbara Biedermann and Lucie Kolb (innovation and mediation), Roland Früh (Kunstbibliothek), Ulrich Meinherz (Kesselhaus Josephsohn), Salome Schmuki (assistant).

The presentation was available online until November, 28, 2021.

In addition to the presentation about the Art Library Sitterwerk and its dynamic order an online discussion took place at November, 26, 2021. The panel consisted of Roland Früh (Director of the Art Library Sitterwerk), Dr. Rudolf Fischer (Director of the Archives of Avantgardes, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden), Nicole Döll (Head of the library of the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig) and Anthon Asterom (Astrom / Zimmer & Tereszkiewicz Zürich).

Organization: Patrizia Brumen (Leitung Bibliothek Neue Galerie Graz, UM Joanneum)
Provision of the MS Teams-Meeting: Margret Schild (Theatermuseum Düsseldorf)

The participants discussed several topics, such as the ways of using and accessing art libraries or archives, the presentation and display of information to the users. What do need different target groups? Is it possible to make visible the lengthy archiving process, and how can we enable the exchange between the users themselves, maybe inspiring each other? Another point was the question of combiningm real and the virtual approaches, the idea of getting over barriers between the existing sections (archives, libraries, museums), the reordering of classification and location of objects in a way, open and flexible to answer new questions, but also to document the different ways of ordering and classifying objects in the past. Part of the discussion were the experiences of the panelists, working at the Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, the Archives of Avantgardes, Sitterwerk as well as of the design agency at Zürich, already collaborating with Sitterwerk and the Kunsthalle Bern in projects, dealing with these ideas.   


Postkartensammlung Graz Museum Online

A best practice example for a (sustainable) visualisation of a collection

The lecture granted insight into the origination of Postcard Collection GrazMuseum Online. The accompanying website is embedded in the research project “More than pictures. Illustrated Postcards in Archives, Collections and Museums“ and in the portal “Cultural and Scientific Heritage Styria“ with the intention to make available online in an innovative way a stock of approx. 9,000 postcards, all with a reference to Graz. The main idea here was to present the postcard not merely as a visual content, but to show its front and its back in terms of both a short message and picture carrier. The underlying exploration and enrichment using metadata is thus accounting for the materiality of the postcard, too, together with its various historical contexts. 

The lecture reflected the considerations and processes behind all this while also giving an introduction to the functionality and technical implementation of the site. Finally, the question is being tabled what kind of utilisation of sites can be observed from the users, and how the site will be exploited further by institutions from the point of view of digital sustainability. 

Further Information on the project website.

The presentation was online available until July, 11, 2021. 


Dr. Eva Tropper 
Leitungsteam Museumsakademie Joanneum
Email: eva.tropper@museum-joanneum.at

Mag. Katharina Mraček-Gabalier, MA
Kuratorin Sammlungen / stellvertretende Leiterin 
Sammlungen Graz Museum
Email: katharina.mracek-gabalier@stadt.graz.at

Mag. Carina Koch, MA
Institut Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung, Universität Graz
Email: carina.koch@uni-graz.at

Antonia Nussmüller, MA MA
Digitale Museumspraxis Graz Museum
Email: Antonia.nussmueller@stadt.graz.at

Exhibitions and the archive

Digitising sources, Documenting exhibition histories, Re-enacting exhibitions digitally

Archives and libraries are important resources when planning an exhibition, from researching objects and collections to identify stories and material which could become part of the exhibition itself. Exhibitions are often time-delimited, temporary events whose history is fragmentarily preserved by a catalogue and a few folders in the archive. This talk will focus on the potentials and challenges of digitising and presenting online the heterogenous assemblage of documents, images, experiences left behind by an exhibition. It will explore how digital methods have been harnessed to present online exhibitions, keeping a record of the ephemeral museum event. In doing so, the talk will touch upon different methods (3D reconstructions, virtual tours, databases) emphasising the role of the archive and its data in contributing to preserve and showcase exhibition histories.

The presentation was online available until March, 15, 2021.