Project 2: five hundred museums

One week. Presentation Thursday 22 October

500 Museums

By next Thursday, you should produce ideas for 100 different museums.

You will be working in 5 teams of mixed Dip 1 and Dip 2, led by a Dip 2 student.  You will almost certainly need to generate at least 300-500 ideas in order to get 100 good ones per team.  

Be extensive. You will find lots of really unusual museums already exist as well as having to make some up. You might start by working through all the museums you know and have visited — the ones you think are boring as well as the ones you think are interesting. Think of how you would provide a quick sketch description of the British Museum, say – a classical temple filled with stolen archaeology? Or the Natural History Museum — a state-of-the-art Victorian shed filled with dinosaurs? You may find these are more ‘interesting’ than you think.  

Think critically and inventively about what museums are.  Is it a building?  How big? What type of architecture? Where is it; how do you get there? Who goes, which bits can they get to? How are things displayed?  Can you use them, touch them, interact with them — or do have have to sign in to a special room only for academics? What is it called?

In this project we are more interested in you thinking widely about what museums might be than trying to do a clever presentation – the content, the ideas about the museums are what is most interesting here; and this exercise will form the basis of everyone’s final proposals, so make sure you produce a huge range of interesting ideas rather than spending all your time trying to pull off a clever trick of presentation.

But in this group you should always also think inventively and critically  about what the best way to both do this exercise – and then present it. This should not take over from considering the content of the work, it is something you should be using and adapting as you go along. A series of 100 sketches, well organized and presented so that they help discuss your ideas would be a good outcome. Sitting round a table with your group with a stack of same-sized bits of paper, which you stick straight on the wall, would be a sensible way to start.  But you might also try modeling things quickly (see Fischli and Weiss, ‘Suddenly This Overview” is a great, funny example)  or invent other techniques of your own. As you work you should try assessing, grouping, rethinking these museums – Which are the most successful? are there groups or types? Do they need to be better drawn?  Or presented in a different format? Which are you going to present? Can the presentation format/ the size/ the medium help develop this critical classification?

We will work on this in the studio in your groups on Monday, though you will need to finish and finalise your 100 museums presentation for Thursday, starting at 10 am.
Groups are as follows:

A) Adam, Alex, Alex, ALISON (TEAM LEADER)
D) Daniel, Dimitra, ED (TEAM LEADER) Emma, Eleanor
G) George, GRACE (TEAM LEADER) Gurpreet, Man-Yee,
M) Manish, Martyna, Matt, Natalia, OLLY (TEAM LEADER)
S) SIAN (TEAM LEADER) Sonia, Vicky, Vic.

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