The European project Arc-hive aims to create an open source digital platform that aggregates, preserves, publishes, distributes and contextualizes a variety of information, knowledge and documentation on practices focused on biomedia, ensuring open access to a variety of users, and a wide outreach of digital materials across cultural sectors and territories. From January 2021 to June 2022, it will address the challenges of creating and distributing cohesive digitization and dissemination protocols through a centralized digital space where knowledge and best practices in bio-art are collected.

Arc-hive is created through collaboration of six partners working in NGO and museum sector, publishing, and IT and audio-visual field, the platform as the main project result serves as a catalysation and facilitation tool for the activities of artwork and museum specimen digitization, archiving and distribution; remote event participation, planning and realization; augmented publishing; staff and student education and training; and topic contextualization and interconnection. Aimed at building capacities of various cultural agents working with biological and living materials – from museum institutions, universities and NGOs, to individual artists, cultural workers, researchers, scientists and students – the project provides a feasible and tailor made digital solution to some of the issues fundamental to the field, following principles of open culture and information sharing in all project phases.

Arc-hive is a project led by Cultivamos Cultura with Zavod Kersnikova, Bioart Society, KONTEJNER, Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique and Hangar as partners.


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