PRINT POSTCARDS PROTOTYPED FOR SALE WITHIN INSTITUTIONAL ARCHIVES
FRANCESCA GIUDETTI –– SEUNG KEUN LEE –– ERIC LIAO –– ELLA FLERI SOLER –– FAY DARMAWI
Post(colonial)cards is a project proposing a new interface between the public and institutional archives.
This initial prototype set allows people to understand the colonial history of the Dutch East Indies, now the country of Indonesia, through the experience of buying postcards in the gift shop of the National Archives of The Netherlands.
Front: archival imagery
Back: accompanying histories
A visit to the institutional archives which was once fraught with barriers and rules is liberated through the social act of sending a friendly note. On the card, directly next to the area where you would write your greeting is a QR code that is linked to original source of the image on the front of the postcard. Thus with this technology, the archive can be accessed anywhere and anytime, then shared with anyone. The postcards as archive can be used to liberate any collection.