Project Time Capsule employs the concept of ‘time capsule’ as envisaged by the famous American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) to provide integrated exploration of cultural heritage data.
From the early ’70s until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol selected items from the daily flood of correspondence, magazines, newspapers, gifts, photographs, business records, and other material that passed through his hands. By putting the items together in sealed boxes which Warhol marked with a date or title, he produced specific aggregated time-space configurations. These so-called time capsules provide a unique view into Warhol’s private world, as well as an enlightening window on the interrelatedness of culture, media, politics, economics and science in the '70s and '80s. All of Warhols time capsules are currently held at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (USA).
Using Warhols art work as a guiding concept we will aggregate different but contextually related digital heritage items in an easily accessible way, in order to facilitate innovative forms of data extraction and manipulation that may serve various research interests as well as public needs. The resulting bird's eye view of all kinds of structured and related heritage data will provide new insights and raise new interdisciplinary research questions.