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InoTec sponsored the Günter Grass House in Lübeck

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Due to InoTec, Günter Grass becomes digital

Due to InoTec, Günter Grass becomes digitalInoTec GmbH informs about its engagement as sponsor of a comprehensive digitalization-project for the Günter-Grass-House in Lubeck. With a SCAMAX® high speed scanner a major part of the archive collections, including original manuscripts from Günter Grass, has been digitalized.
„We thank InoTec for the free provision of the scan systems. With that the company made an important contribution to the success of this ambitious digitalization-project.”, Jörg-Philipp Thomsa, director of the Günter-Grass-House, explains.


Hannover, 14th - 18th March 2016
– The collection of the Günter-Grass-House comprises many original manuscripts from the great german writer and artist. Such as all versions of “Mein Jahrhundert” (1999) and “Im Krebsgang” (2002). „With these documents, the emergence of individual narrative works and poems, from the first handwritten versions till the last proof, become understandable“, tells Jörg-Philipp Thomsa. In this way, some publications have 12 to 14 different versions.

Added to this, there are scientific essays and newspaper articles, which are also in possession of the house. In total there were more than 10.000 to 15.000 documents which had to be digitalized.


Reliable and productiv

By request, InoTec agreed directly to support the project. „Social commitment is an essential component of our sustainability strategy. And if we are able to help to support the work with our cultural heritage, we are happy to be a part of this“, emphasises Peter Schnautz, CEO of InoTec GmbH.

The digitalization was performed by a SCAMAX® scanner of the model series 4x3. Jörg-Philipp Thomsa especially praises the simple handling of the device. „After a short introduction we already started the production operation. And if a question came up, the excellent service department of InoTec helped us quickly and uncomplicated“.
Positiv evaluates the museum director furthermore the reliable input, which treats the originals with care. „Valuable unique pieces belong to the archive collection, which, like all other documents, has been processed safely and fast“.

Within two and a half month the scan process was completely done. The resulting records will be professionally edited, sorted, inventoried and entered in a database until the middle of the year. Via a secured access scientists and curators can location-independently use the database simply by their own computer.


Integral view

This will bring new, valuable impetus to the scientific discussion with Günter Grass, as museum director Jörg-Philipp Thomsa emphasizes: „For the first time, researchers get an integral view on the work of Günter Grass – from the production of a text until his reception“.

That way, the scientists can for example have a look at all versions of the novella “Im Krebsgang”. Jörg-Philipp Thomsa: „You can see, how the text, which Grass made, was modified and supplemented in the course of the versions. On the other hand, at the push of a button it is possible to read and analyse the relevant newspaper articles and literary criticism about the single publications“.
Furthermore the in part extremely sensitive originals from the Nobel Prize winner in literature are being spared in the long term.

The digitalization of the manuscripts and other documents is a valuable contribution to strengthen the Günter Grass-House as location of the national research and shows how industry on one side and art and culture on the other side can work together for the public good“, Jörg-Philipp Thomsa concluded.


About the Günter Grass-House

The Günther Grass-House sees itself as a forum for literature and visual art, which presents and explains the complex oeuvre of the graphic artist, sculptor and writer Günter Grass to the audience. By collecting, keeping things safe, doing research and imparting knowledge it makes a contribution to the conservation of the cultural heritage from the Federal Republic of Germany. Also the Günter Grass-House is an exhibition and research-center for other artistic multiple talents.

Website: grass-haus.de