The presentation of “War Witness Archive” in International Cultural and Educational Project “Dialogue of Centuries: First World War and Peace of today” was the first introduction of the project to academia, scientists, publishers and historians. We presented the project as an installation in the Library, and as the director said it was the first such an experiment within their walls.
“We came with something new and not clear enough, and received unexpected reaction on the project. Some of the participants who appeared to be open to new approach in work with historical materials supported us, advised, and shared their opinion. Others who were rather conservative didn’t find the project interesting. We went from the art museum sphere to the historical community with an open proposition to leave traditional historical methodology for instrumental sphere with no clear rules and risk of losing control over familiar situation”