THE BACKSIDE OF THE ARCHIVE 
Giada Ganassin

During the First World War, when paper became scarce, the Dutch architect Willem Dudok used his wife's musical scores to make sketches on the blank pages in between the musical pieces. For this reason Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam preserves many musical scores in its archives, as was discovered by the man who is in charge of digitalizing the documents. This process of digitalization, initiated to open up the archive to digital visitors, involves scanning the front side of all the documents that need to be displayed on the institute’s website. However, the backside of these documents will not be digitally represented. Only those who actually handle the documents know what it is hidden in between the paper sheets, as in the case of Dudok's drawings. Sometimes the backside adds context and information to the front side visible to anyone. Thanks to Paul, who was in charge of the scanning process at Het Nieuwe Instituut, I found these silent liaisons of music and architecture. They were performed live at the opening of the Designing Scarcity exhibition (curated by Jan Boelen) and a video registration of the performance DUDOd81 was later added to the exhibits.


Assignment  Scarcity
Tutor  Simon Davies
First year project, 2014

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