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HiTec

Historical Techniques in Arts and Crafts

This project aims to capture an important kind of intangible cultural heritage. Conservation students of the HAWK University of Applied Arts and Sciences Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the Metropolia University in Helsinki, the University of Fine Arts in Budapest and the University of Amsterdam work together to document the traditional manufacturing processes of linen, paper, printing, book binding and carving masks.

The first two-week course was organized by the HAWK in 2011 partly in Hildesheim, partly in Hildesheim and partly in the open-air museum Rahden (Germany). The main focus was on the documentation of the peasant plant fiber processing. The students participated in a documentary film workshop and the necessary tools and craftsmanship steps were practically understood and documented. The video From Flax to Linen is one of the results.

From Flax to Linen. HiTec 2011.

In 2012 the project continued in the Netherlands on the subject of manufacturing techniques of paper and books. Organized by the University of Amsterdam, this project took place over two weeks at various sites in Amsterdam and Antwerp. The focus was on the documentation of small-scale book production from papermaking to printing techniques to bookbinding. Students and lectureres in conservation of the HAWK University of Applied Arts and Sciences Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen, the Metropolia University in Helsinki, the University of Fine Arts in Budapest and the University of Amsterdam worked together. The video From Paper to Book is one of the results.

From Paper to Book. HiTec 2012.

In 2013 the Hungarian University of Fine Arts of Budapest joined the consortium and the last HiTec workshop took place in Hungary. The students were able to gain experience in the technique of mask carving and learned about folk traditions. On a Journey to Mohács (Hungary) a third video was to document the intangible cultural heritage of the Busójárás. The Busójárás is known as the biggest carnival event in Hungary, with a masquerade with intricately carved wooden masks as its special feature.

The Busójárás Masks, HiTec 2013.