Prisma is a way of looking at cultural heritage.
Each project offers a different perspective and shows how dynamic that heritage actually is. In recent years, museums, archives and listed buildings have collected a great deal of intercultural material, which gives viewers the opportunity to see old and strange objects through different eyes. On this website, you can find several examples of these projects.

Fred Wilson
When Europe Slept, It Dreamt of the World

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I planned to create a simple work on the aspects of Europe that were originally from somewhere else. I thought I would have only a few things to choose from, like spaghetti and gunpowder. However, the more my researcher, Howard Skrill and I looked into it, the more we found. As we looked deeper into the cultural culinary and technological history of Europe, it was astonishing how many things originated from elsewhere. It pointed to the Europeans ability to know a good idea when they see one. It was also surprising how much of a secret it had become. > read more

1001 Nights
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With a view to revitalising exhibition practice, the Jan Cunen Museum approached artists about playing an active role in achieving this goal – a follow-up initiative to integrating and publicising the collection, with which the museum began in 1993. This process resulted in the collection being placed in a new context, a principle maintained throughout the project, primarily by means of cultural exchange.

Amsterdam Projects > read more
The founder of the ‘Het Nieuwe Werck’ Foundation felt the need to give participants the opportunity to experience the cultural history of the city, combining this with language learning.

Boughaz > read more
This project represents a first step towards ‘unlocking the history of Moroccan immigrants in the Dutch town of Gouda for current and future generations by means of a documented and illustrated ‘memory’, housed in the region’s various archives’.

The arrival : Moluccans in the Netherlands > read more
With a website and database the Moluccan community in the Netherlands can become acquainted with the arrival of the first generation. Thereby supporting and encouraging them in research initiatives focusing on their own history.

Deventer Blik : The History of Migrant Workers in Deventer
from 1950 to 1990
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The Industrial Heritage of Deventer raised awareness of the importance of recording the history of first-generation immigrants. On 23 October 2003 this project kicked off with a meeting to collect personal experiences, information, photographs and other archival material.

Captivated by Zeeland's Legacy of Slavery > read more
In 2004, the Slavery Abolition Year, the Zeeland Archives saw a unique opportunity to draw public attention to the archives of the Middelburgschse Commercie Compagnie. The expedition was educational in nature and took a narrative

The History of Our Own Surroundings : Intercultural Heritage Project for Students of Dutch as a Second Language > read more
The aim was introduce adults learning Dutch (e.g. in an integration course) to Dutch history. Students of Dutch as a second language: students enrolled on an integration course, newcomers and settled immigrants.

The Cartoon > read more
The Cartoon project was wound up on 23 May 2004. Various parties were actively involved in developing the project. The aim was to raise the visibility and consolidate the urban potential of the Westwijk district of the Dutch town of Vlaardingen. To create new social structures and to develop and consolidate existing structures through temporary cultural reprogramming and stimulating cultural production.

At home in Rottterdam > read more
Newcomers became familiarised to the Netherlands with their new homeland and to answer questions like, ‘Why is the Netherlands like it is?’ and ‘In what way is this different from my own frame of reference?’ To ease the students’ integration into society by providing them with this knowledge.

Women and Their Neighbourhood:
A Textile Project in Goirke-Hasselt
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Women of different nationalities, who lived in the same neighbourhood, were giving the opportunity to collaborate on a single work of art. The objective was to use the work of art to show the similarities and commonalities between the modes of expression employed by various cultures.

World Stories: Nature From Ten Different Cultural
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The museum took a look at the collection in a new way and shed a new light on the subject of nature. Young people were participating to create a work of art (‘collection piece') to accompany their story. Landscape and art objects.

There's No Such Thing as Zaankanters: Migration Past
and Present
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The Foundation for the History of Migration, established on 1 December 1999 for the purpose of publishing the book and realising the exhibition. The book included a number of articles and five interviews with migrants.