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The collection has its say: Students and Things That Talk

How do you get an object to talk? Can an object tell a story by itself, or do you always need people (and texts) to do so? Anyone interested in such questions is welcome in the Rijksmuseum Auditorium to hear presentations by nine students and young researchers about objects from the KVVAK collection and other Rijksmuseum objects (and other collections).

To make the objects speak, they use the innovative digital platform Things That Talk.  (www.thingsthattalk.net)

Program

12.45h: walk-in

13.00h: start of the program

16.30h: drinks in Foyer

 

You can expect a wide variety of objects, from chairs to shoes, from porcelain to naturalia, and much more, unlocked for you by eight enthusiastic students using the technology this platform has to offer.

This afternoon, for example, you will hear

– a chair railing, telling of the bulging skirts it once saw

– a tea-can, which talks about how people enjoyed cheating and

– a pink stone, which tells its story about its time in a pig’s stomach.

Thus, each object has a story.

In addition to the object presentations, Fresco Sam-Sin, the initiator of Things That Talk, and Anne Gerritsen, our professor Chair of Asian Art at Leiden University, will exchange thoughts with the audience about these innovative paths in education and research.

Non-KVVAK members are also welcome to attend this afternoon and can enter 0000 in the registration form under the membership number.

1. inv.no. AK-RBK-17524: Pendant of rock crystal and gold, set with rubies. The pendant is shaped like a makara and is actually a whistle.

2. inv.no. AK-RAK-2003-5-A: Armchair with an oval curved back and a mat seat. The middle board is openwork in the form of a lyre with a coat of arms in which the letters VBH (Van Braam Houckgeest) are embossed. On the backrest, armrests, and arm struts a pearl border; fluted front legs and rosettes above the legs.

Registration form