Stedelijk Studies: Imagining the Future of Digital Archives and Collections

Where and how should the archive begin and end? That is the central question of issue #10 of the journal Stedelijk Studies, titled Imagining the Future of Digital Archives and Collections. Sjoukje van der Meulen (History and Art History) is the journal's co-editor in chief and contributed two pieces to this issue.

Digital art archives and database art

In "Digital Art Archives in Asia for the Public Domain: A Conversation with Bo Zheng and Lu Pan", Van der Meulen moderates a conversation between the creator of two notable digitally based visual archives of socially engaged art in China and an assistant professor in the Department of Chinese Culture at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. The conversation focuses on nonprofit, experimental archival practices of artists and artists' collectives who operate outside the domain of large official institutions.

In "Database Art and Design: Pioneering Strategies in the Arts towards Collecting and Archiving", Van der Meulen argues that artists have laid some of the foundations for exploring the critical and imaginative possibilities of digital archives and collections, and continue to do so in the present.


  • Title: Imagining the Future of Digital Archives and Collections
  • Editors in chief: Beatrice von Bormann and Sjoukje van der Meulen
  • Publisher: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • ISSN: 24057177