Project Overview

"Museums in the Caribbean" is collaborative visualization project between Csilla Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke & Krijn Boom. Krijn and Csilla created the stunning graphic by layering images captured during research and intersecting them across a constructed cultural-heritage skyline to showcases the diversity, vibrance and beauty of Caribbean Museums . The visualization was concieved of as a way to introduce, represent and communicate Csilla's ongoing doctoral research with further reaching possibilities for use as a postcard or poster within the Caribbean museum community. 

The Visualization

Click on the image to be taken to a high resolution larger version of the project in which you can observe the fantastic detailing. 

Click on the image to be taken to a high resolution larger version of the project in which you can observe the fantastic detailing. 

Judges' Comments

The judges praised the striking and eye-catching nature of the graphic, highlighting how the simplicity of form straddled surprisingly complex layers of meaning which could only be extracted upon closer inspection. One of the key points of praise was the clearly stated research questions within the paradata document and how the graphic meaningfully answered these questions, not only for Csilla’s research, but also the wider museum community of the Caribbean. The potential for the graphic to have on-going, real-world implementations, was highly praised by the judges who look forward to seeing how this project is developed and deployed in the future. 

About the Creators

Csilla Ariese-Vandemeulebroucke is a PhD researcher at Leiden University. Within the NEXUS1492 project, she is studying museums in the Caribbean and how they engage with communities. Before that, she did an MSc in Museum Studies and a BA in Archaeology (specialized in maritime archaeology). Although she is deeply immersed in heritage and takes a lot of photos, she doesn't really have much experience with heritage visualization. She does love collecting pretty postcards, especially when visiting museums.

Krijn Boom is a PhD researcher at Leiden University. Before finishing both his BA and MA in Archaeology (specialization: Heritage Management), Krijn successfully studied Multimedia Design and Communication Management in Utrecht. Krijn’s ultimate interest lies at the intersection of these studies; a passion that he fulfills not only in his PhD, but also in his job as graphic designer at CommonSites. Right at the nexus of design, communication and archaeology lies, he believes, the future of archaeology. At the moment, Krijn is involved in the European NEARCH project which aims to study and renew interactions between archaeology and (local) communities.

Csilla & Krijn are also both founding members of VALUE, a research group focused on the intersection of videogames and archaeology. They discuss theoretical archaeological concepts in relation to games. Sometimes they stream these games, sometimes they just all come together and have pizza and play around.


We are indebted to the existence of all the museums in the Caribbean and thank 69 of them for participating in this project with their picture-perfect facades.

AuthorIan Kirkpatrick