Below is an overview of research projects that were carried out by student teams in the project course »Visualizing cultural collections« taught by Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk since 2014. Students with different disciplinary backgrounds including design, media studies, information science, and cultural management analyzed existing interfaces and developed new approaches for different case studies in collaboration with a broad range of cultural institutions.
Book people portraits 1
Hannah Schwan, Charlene Faustin, Marie Dietze, Sophie Warmbrunn — DBSM/DNB
A portrait collection of historic people involved in publishing and printing is made available in three modes of engagement: playful exploration of the collection, analytical overview of its main dimensions, and participatory curation of personal topics.
Book people portraits 2
Sofia Saprykina, Ronja Tammenpää, Timo Hausmann — DBSM/DNB
A visual analysis of the portraits of booksellers, publishers and printers examines the development over the span of 400 years. The interface features a temporal overview and multiple sub-collections for specific topics.
Nikita Jerschov, Leena Megumi Tsuchiya, Daura Polonskytė — Hush city
This visualization represents city sounds in an augmented reality (AR) environment, which allows for a continuous emotional sound walk from one sound to the next.
Wilhelm Weimar's Glass Negatives
Pauline Junginger, Sofia Fantuzzi, Dennis Ostendorf, Anastasia Voloshina, Barbara Avila — MKG Hamburg
This interface concept designed for glass negatives of arts & crafts objects proposes a new approach to represent photographic collections in a way that blends high-level overviews with detailed close-ups.
Fontane’s Reference Library
Mohamed Saleh, Nicolò Davide Fricano, Felix Harle, Sarah Rettig — Theodor Fontane Archive
This visual interface for searching through the reference library of Theodor Fontane offers three distinct views of the book collection and the author's traces with varying granularity.
Daniela Guhlmann, Flavio Gortana, Franziska von Tenspolde — Münzkabinett Berlin
How can a vast collection of small objects like coins be visualized? This project brings coins alive in a very tangible way to gain an overview. Users can explore a small amount of the overall collection and learn new insights through sorting it.
Lars Kreuzmann, Sabine Lehm, Krista Nupponen, Carmen Schwietzer — DFK Paris
During the French Revolution, a lot of artworks in Paris were decontextualized. The project aims at reconstructing a historical urban landscape of the city as well as using the power of crowdsourcing to obtain a bigger picture of the movement of artworks.
Jose Ernesto Rodriguez, Liqiong Wang, Andrea Wieloch — innovando la tradición
Envisioning a personal collection of tangible objects and their intangible meanings through pottery from Oaxaca/Mexico. The prototype also enables illiterates to use the collection through a mainly visual approach.
Stephane Flesch, Anne-Sophie Gutsche, Daniel Paschen — Firenze Sound Map
This project deals with a collective collection of the Florentine soundscape. Through an immersive 3D-environment, the collected material is not only browseable but users also get the ability to upload new material and to compare and rate the sound clips.
I Hong Cheng, Dan Bauernfreund — Documentary Heaven
How do scenario time and production time relate in documentary movies? This project visualizes the interrelation and thus shows an overview over recurring themes and different interest in themes over time.
Endi Tupja, Phong Cao, Max Tillich, Kevin Zellner — UNESCO
In all cultures, there are practices, rituals and cultural objects, that belong to the intangible heritage. This project considers how the intangible cultural heritage that has so far been defined can be enclosed in a digital collection to build a virtual environment.
Ariane Marilyn Ecker, Magda Lammert, Carolin Keller, Oliver Mohr, Steffen Gabel — Syrian Heritage Archive Project
The visualization of a database about sights and monuments in Syria aims to ensure that Syrian cultural heritage is not forgotten. Thanks to the digitisation of databases, it may act as a basis for any prospective reconstruction.
User as Curator
Florian de Beus, Susann Massute, Jens Rauenbusch, Lisa Steingräber — V&A
How can user involvement be brought into the cultural field? With the possibilities of digital collections, the established relationship between curators and visitors can be overcome. Through a prototype, both amateur and expert users can process digitalised artworks from the Victoria and Albert Museum London.
Mark-Jan Bludau, Constantin Eichstaedt, Jana Klausberger, Swann Nowak — SPSG
To show both a historical background of the Prussian porcelain collection as well as some royal glamour is the starting point of this project. A narrative strategy and an exploratory approach are developed to share knowledge and yet keep a playful mind.
Sebastian Schuth, Tatjana Tšernõhh, Andreas Waleczek, Alexander Zöller — BBAW
Visualizing the lives and contemporaries of Berlin's intellectuals around 1800. In a macro perspective, all persons and basic connections can be seen, while zooming enables the visitor to follow one individual and its relationships and works.
Collections of the SPSG
Christoph Eichler, Natalie Lepach, Oxana Baerbach, Vitan Vitanov — SPSG
A visualization of the various collections of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg. Once a castle is selected from the map, the user can explore its artworks and surrounding landscape.
Cécile Zahorka, Jennifer Hicks, Patrizia Turkowski, Sandra Balck — ukiyo-e.org
This project rethinks a search-oriented database that collects Japanese woodblock prints from all over the world. A general overview as well as focus points aim at reaching both casual and professional visitors.
Viktoria Brüggemann, Sarah Kreiseler
This project aimed at researching an actual state of digital collections of museums. It utilized a new method called reverse wireframing to analyze the content and function of existing digital collections.