Project Arc-hive creates an open source digital platform that aggregates, preserves, publishes, distributes and contextualizes a variety of information, knowledge and documentation on art with a focus on biomedia, ensuring open access to a variety of users, and a wide outreach of digital materials across cultural sectors and territories.
Arc-hive addresses the challenges of creating and distributing cohesive digitization and dissemination protocols through a centralized digital space where knowledge and best practices relevant to art predominantly using biological materials are collected. Created through collaboration of six partners working in NGO and museum sector, publishing, and IT and audio-visual field, the platform as the main project result serves as a catalysation tool for the activities of artwork and museum specimen digitization, archiving and distribution; remote event participation, planning and realization; augmented publishing; staff and student education and training; and topic contextualization and interconnection.
Aimed at building capacities of various cultural agents working with biological and living materials, the project provides a feasible and tailor made digital solution to some issues fundamental to the field, following philosophical principles of open data and information sharing in all project phases.
Arc-hive was born out of a collaboration between Cultivamos Cultura (PT) with KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis (HR), Suomen biotaiteen seura ry foreningen for biokonst i Finland foundation (FI), Zavod za kulturo, umetnost In izobraževanje Kersnikova (SI), Hangar – Fundació Privada AAVC (ES) and RBINS – Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (BE).
Header Arc-hive photo: Björn Kröger, Erich Berger, Elisa Koski, Jaakko Pesonen (Field_Notes-Traces)