laureates featured in dubrovnik, september 2017


28 september 2017

Virtual Architecture Museum: Russia by Vizerra

Heritage in Motion / Apps for mobile devices

To see the stunning works of architecture that no longer exist or remained unimplemented ideas of the artists, not on a piece of paper, but in the way you would look at any other ordinary building. To travel in time, recreate the ruined monuments, fly over the city… To do this, you don’t have to possess super powers that are often attributed to fictional characters. The Virtual Museum of Architecture application for smart phones and tablets is all you need. And the impossible becomes possible: the beauty of architectural concepts reveals itself, real and visible.

Sydvestjyske Museer: Augmenting the Historic City: Trade and Merchants’ Life in Ribe

2016 MUSE Awards / Games and Augmented Reality Gold

Based on an iBeacon location-based mobile application providing Augmented Reality, texts, images, links, audio, video and animations, the exhibition rooms of merchant’s house from 1583 merge with the old town’s cultural heritage. Users explore and experience many facets of merchant life in the old town from the late 1500s onwards. The once so important harbour comes back to life via Augmented Reality, the town’s role as an ox trade assembly point and its  vibrant markets are experienced through immersive video, and interactive 3D models and video communicate building structures and room functions.

Mosman Art Gallery: "SYRIA"

AVICOM 2016 F@IMP Awards / Video Art Prize

SYRIA, by Khaled Sabsabi, explores the kaleidoscope of life in Damascus before the current war, portraying the complexities and beauty of the city, in contrast to the images of destruction that we now see on the daily news. Incorporating moving images from the artist’s large archive of recordings of Damascus since 2004, SYRIA has the beautiful complexity of fractal geometry, with which it shares a self-sustaining system of self-similar patterns that span different points in time. 

Granaries of Memory

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016

Granaries of Memory draws on the oral history of local communities, especially related to the intangible heritage of food culture in Italy. Researchers from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Northern Italy conducted over 1000 interviews within various communities to capture people’s memories of food and regional cuisine. These interviews were recorded and are available to the public online in video format in a web archive. The archive has been online since 2012. In 2016 it was remodelled and relaunched.


Museums and the Web GLAMi Awards 2016 / Platinum

AnnoTate is Tate and Zooniverse’s online crowdsourced transcription tool. Since 2015, the public have been using it to help decipher the writing found in over 17,000 items from artists’ archives. In exploring these letters, diaries and sketchbooks through transcription, participants gain rich insights into the personal lives of artists, discover untold stories, explore social histories, and encounter artwork situated in practice. In turn, AnnoTate users help to produce full transcripts that will appear on the Tate website. Other organisations can get involved too: the code for AnnoTate is produced with an Apache software license, and freely available on github.

Brooklyn Museum: ASK Brooklyn Museum

2016 MUSE Awards / Mobile Applications Gold

ASK Brooklyn Museum was developed over the course of a year, through an iterative process of testing pilot ideas directly with visitors. The museum learned that the visitors want to talk about art with real people in a dynamic, personalized way. To provide this, it developed a chat app that connects visitors to a team of experts who answer their questions in real time. The team has developed a unique engagement model through texting, using visitors’ questions as springboards for longer conversations. Chats are deep, averaging 14 messages across multiple galleries.

Provincie Limburg: Limburg 1914-1918, Small stories from a Great War

Heritage in Motion / Best Achievement Award 2016

WWI was not only a trench war, but also a war of occupation! The German occupation had an impact on the province of Limburg and its daily life. Many interesting “small stories” have been preserved. “Limburg 1914-1918: Small stories from a Great War” is a multi-layered project that combines many different communication tools to engage a large audience in the personal memories of the Great War. The province of Limburg initiated several innovative public projects: a unique launch, social media activities, a short movie, a video exhibition and a huge participative project by all communities with 44 huge concrete ‘stahl’helmets’.

"The voyage on board the cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi" by Rosphoto

AVICOM / FIAMP 2016 Website and Webart Gold

The voyage on board the cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi is an album of photographs dated from the late 19th century which provide a unique opportunity to see the life of the first Russian armoured cruiser through the eyes of the ship’s contemporaries. Thanks to multimedia technologies, the photo album — an item which is originally meant to be held in the hands — has been turned into an interactive object, thus allowing the visitors to examine all facets of the matter, including the historical context

ArchivPortal – D – Building a German Archives Portal by Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg

Heritage in Motion / Websites and Online Content Award 2016

For the first time, the German Archives Portal “Archivportal-D”, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), offers centralized and comprehensive access to the records of various kinds of German archives. The portal is a national aggregator for the European Archives Portal and contributes to the process of making European archival records accessible for everybody at any time and from anywhere.

British Art Studies Online Journal

Museums and the Web GLAMi 2016 People’s Choice Award

Founded in 2016, the journal British Art Studies is an innovative space for new research and scholarship of the highest quality on all aspects of British art, architecture, and visual culture. British Art Studies is digital-only and one of the few completely open access journals in the field of art history, providing a forum for the growing debate about digital scholarship, publication, and copyright. Its editors, based at the Paul Mellon Centre and the Yale Center for British Art, work collaboratively with authors to develop innovative ways to present new research digitally. 

Historic Royal Palaces: Movie Maker Mission

Museums + Heritage Awards 2016 / Educational Initiative

Movie Maker Mission 500th anniversary project brought together Aardman and thousands of children to co-create an animated yarn, telling 500 years of Hampton Court’s history in just over five minutes. It enabled 11,000 children and young people to visit the palace and contribute their ideas to this unique retelling of the palace’s history. Working with professional presenters and animators, participants learned animation and drawing techniques, met characters from the palace’s past and explored the historic stories, spaces and artefacts before creating pictures, sounds, voice-overs and music for the film.

The Field Museum: The Switch: A Bill Stanley Story

MUSE 2016 Awards / Video, Film, and Computer Animation Gold

Created to honor the work of the gregarious and beloved Director of Collections at The Field Museum, Bill Stanley, who died unexpectedly while conducting fieldwork in Ethiopia. Bill inspired countless young scientists. This animated short film puts the work of natural history museums in a larger context — as told by Bill himself — as places where artifacts can be seen and studied, but also as places where one museum professional or scientist can make an enormous difference in the life of a young person.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu Website

MAPDA 2016 / Institution Website Level B Best in Show - Multimedia

Art gallery websites are primarily marketing tools – shop windows for programmes and activities — and research tools that provide access to collections. But increasingly they are expected to also act as incubators for thoughts. Digital editors are commissioning and publishing exciting new writing, audio and video, as well as bringing legacy content to new audiences. Together these very different strands of content can be used to tell stories. With the 2016 website redesign Christchurch Art Gallery made a significant shift, from a traditional art gallery website to a more magazine-like approach that put its writing, and thinking, at the forefront of the visitor experience.

Prehistoric Picture Project. Pitoti: Digital Rock-Art in Cambridge

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016

This research project asked what difference could digital techniques make to the research, recovery and public display of prehistoric rock-art from the UNESCO world heritage site of Valcamonica (BS) in the southern Alps? The Cambridge led team from the Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, St Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the Bauhaus University Weimar, showed that the preparation of art historical / archaeological data for public display can produce academic research insights that shed light on the nature of the art itself. 

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29-30 september 2017

European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland

European Museum Forum / Council of Europe Museum Prize 2016

The mission of this cultural institution is: “Discover history and decide about the future”. The heart of the ECS is an exhibition commemorating the Solidarność revolution and the fall of communism in Europe. The exhibition is the focal point of the works of the education centre, the science and research centre, the archive, the library and the media library. The ECS is also a public space, a venue for the meeting of the citizens who feel responsible for the development of democracy, and a zone for practicing solidarity and citizenship.

Den Gamle By, Aarhus, Denmark

European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2016

The project’s aim was to update Den Gamle By (The Old Town open-air museum) and to focus on the inclusivity of the institution. This was achieved by adding two town districts from the 20th century to the museum’s pre-industrial environment. The updating was done in close cooperation with the people, by using their skills and memories. The new, contemporary segment increased visitor numbers by 30 percent and this additional income gave the museum a platform to address relevant subjects such as homelessness, old people’s dementia and youngsters with mental disabilities.

Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou, China

Chinese Museums Association / Most Innovative Museums of China 2016