ACT Archivist discusses Node & Bengler workshop results

On the Record,” a series of programs focused on the public side of publishing and research, began with an investigation of a significant archive at MIT—that of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS). Thanks to an NEA Art Works grant, designers from NODE Berlin Oslo and Bengler will create a digital repository of this collection that will be publicly accessible, visually engaging and interactive.

Serge Rompza of NODE and Even Westvang of Bengler, together with ACT archivist Jeremy Grubman, led an an intensive one-day workshop in which participants mined this collection to explore connections between its diverse materials. Grubman says that attendees “were participants in a social experiment” that “aimed to better understand how users from different backgrounds approach research in this collection.”

According to Grubman, “What was gained in the workshop was an understanding of some of the questions that get raised when people start looking at things—not even doing in-depth research but just looking at a picture or a poster, what questions do people immediately ask.” With so much striking visual material in the collection, he points out many patrons—particularly artists who are looking for inspiration for their own work—come in without a fully-formed research question. For many, questions get raised through serendipitous encounters with the materials.

[ Read the full story by Sharon Lacey, Arts at MIT ]



About NODE and Bengler

NODE, a Berlin- and Oslo-based design studio founded in 2003 by Anders Hofgaard and Serge Rompza, works collaboratively across various media for a diverse range of clients from individuals to institutions, focusing on print, identity, exhibition and interactive work. Bengler produces television programs, museum exhibitions and public artworks and designs and builds social publishing systems and data visualizations.