iGuana’s ArtFactory division has successfully completed a very important and difficult project which involved digitizing personal notebooks of Jan Hoet (1936 – 2014), an internationally renowned Belgian curator and art critic. We were truly honoured to be entrusted with this project by the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (MDD) and its Wunderkammer Residence where Jan Hoet’s personal library collection is housed. Jan Hoet is a pivotal figure in the development of contemporary art in Belgium. From his appointment as curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (1975) to the founding of S.M.A.K. (1999) and MARTa (2005), he fought with fervent dedication for a place where art and the artist can find a home.
“What seemed to us to be a Sisyphean task was finished correctly and very quickly by iGuana. The high resolution images of Jan Hoet’s notebooks allow us to digitally disclose or reproduce them without damaging the originals”, says Rik Vannevel who is responsible for Communications & Social Media at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens.
iGuana used top-of-the-line digitization equipment for this project (including world-leading, state-of-the-art Phase One camera), calibrated and operated by one of iGuana’s senior experts in cultural heritage digitization, to produce high-resolution images of the highest quality. Working in accordance with the Metamorfoze & FADGI standards, our experts ensure that works of art and other precious originals entrusted to iGuana are digitized in compliance with the highest imaging & preservation standards for cultural, historic and archival content. Jan Hoet’s digitized notebooks can now be reproduced by the museum and/or made accessible in electronic format to the general public and researchers so they can study them without physically touching the originals. The Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens is currently investigating various possibilities.
This particular project was outsourced to iGuana and digitization took place at iGuana’s ArtFactory facility. However, should a customer wish to digitize themselves, our ArtFactory team can offer specialized hardware, assistance and consultancy to ensure an appropriate set-up on customer site and provide all the necessary training to the customer’s personnel, including training on Metamorfoze and other standards.