Digitisation process at Listasafni Íslands / National Gallery of Iceland
The museum also wanted to make the participation in the DCA project visible to visitors, and draw attention to work that is being done behind the scenes and which the general public is seldom aware of. Therefore the studio was open to visitors while the museum staff was working on the digitisation.
The museum received only positive feedback from the guests and many of them asked questions about the photographing and the DCA project. Especially younger visitors and guests with interest in photographing took the time to watch and ask questions. The older audience was more timid and only looked briefly into the studio.
Different types of artworks where photographed in the open studio and it was especially important to be able to set up installations and sculptures in an exhibition room while photographing and filming them. It was also an extraordinary opportunity for making works that are seldomly exhibited, accessible to both guests and museum staff.
The exhibition room is now back to its normal use and photographing the works is taking place in a smaller backstage studio. This project made it clear that Listasafn Islands needs more space for their activities that are taking place behind the scenes, including a better photo-studio which is now under construction.
On the images you can see Dagný Heiðdal - the Head of Collection of National Gallery of Iceland - and the photographer digitising works of art by the Icelandic artist Gudmunda Andresdottir.