Storytelling & Interpretation
Storytelling is a methodology to research collective memory, histories preserved and narrated as stories, local knowledge, folk heritage, fairytales, mythology, legends, etc., which, through a combination of different techniques, reveals stories that eventually intend to entertain, educate, preserve and enrich the collective culture. On the other hand, through the many opportunities offered by this methodology, it creates the space for the human perspective as producer or witness of a collective past. Storytelling comprises various representation media such as film, documentaries, exhibitions, publications, movies, photos, photo-essay etc.
Interpretation as thought today, refers to the process of narrating the tangible heritage, in order for it to communicate and find its audience. Interpretation creates links between heritage and the visitor so that the latter creates cognitive and emotional connections to it. As such, interpretation reveals meanings and stories, hence giving “life” to an object, building or other manifestation of tangible heritage. Interpretation modalities may vary from guided walks, exhibition, signage, labels, artworks, brochures, audio-guides, audio-visual media etc.
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Crafts and artifacts are considered as a kind of cultural resource that besides functioning as cultural or historical narrative of a society, can take on a new function through a new communication and approach. These cultural resources can serve as a source of inspiration for the creation of new products that would combine the motifs inherited from historical artifacts as well as traditional crafting skills, with new forms of creation. As a result, in addition to the representation as new cultural products, this combination would enable the empowerment of the sector involving many craftsmen, tailors, designers, etc., and consequently generate economic development.
Heritage Space will support the work of creative individuals, designers and makers who innovate through the exploration of materials (motifs, shapes, textures) and crafting. Heritage Space will as well support research for the identification of signs, symbols and motifs that are a manifestation of Kosovo’s cultural heritage, which can be re-created unto new products such as souvenirs, wood and metal works, textiles or manipulated for ‘stamping’ glasses, cups, wardrobe, bags, various baskets etc.
The time we spend on digital devices is growing at an unprecedented rate. Meanwhile, we inhabit a geographical space with vast unexplored and undiscovered cultural heritage. Through this call for projects, we want to explore the opportunity of bridging these two gaps, to see how we can influence people into knowing and understanding more about the local cultural heritage. We are providing artists with the means to build and design experiences, products, and/or services that will bring cultural heritage to attention and build a value chain that benefits the country, the users, and the artist.
We will thus, not take into close consideration how advanced the use of digital media/technology in the projects are, but rather in the context of usability, access, overall experience, and end-product that it will provide for the targeted audience, while bringing the local cultural heritage at a new state of being and perception.
During our mentorship process, we will try to tackle the issue of user experience, and designing better links among:
- The digital means and concept chosen for the project
- Users ability to understand, view, and/or use the proposed outcome.
- And how the cultural heritage values have been used
*The description of the creative fields was prepared with the contribution of mentors.