Developed in collaboration with Museum Studio, the Buurtbank is a mobile recording studio which is going to be used to create and present, a database of testimonies of obsolete tools from the past, by interviewing the original users.
Indeed a whole generation of witnesses and users of old tools are in the last years of their life, this is the last chance to hear their story. For example a farmer of ninety years of age has seen industrialization and technical progress totally revolutionize every single tool he started of with, from the archaic scythe to the full automatic GPS controlled robot tractor.
But the same can be said of almost any profession involving some level of manual labor. The Buurtbank is meant to be bought and used by local Museums around the Netherlands.