Five exhibits, five installations, five site strategies

You should now be starting to speculate on how all your various ideas – 100 objects, 100 museums, patterns and geometry, architectural fragments and approached might be used to generate a new kind of museum on the site and int the context which you have now seen.

Review the work you did and the visits you made in Berlin. Think about what you have seen and identify at least fifteen key things for each of you  to discuss on Thursday, in relation to how you will now start developing your museum.

This work will be largely you selecting key images, sketches, photos and ideas from the visit to Berlin.  You should present at least:

Five means of display. 

You have now visited many museums, installations etc dealing specifically with the subject of Berlin.  What were the best examples of how items, objects etc were displayed?  Select, present and discuss a wide and ambitious range of examples which you found, of different scales, types, sizes.

Key examples might include:

Whole fragments of stolen archaeology reconstructed inside museums, and forming part of that museum themselves (as in Pergamon .

The Altes Museum also used the building itself as a displayed object, as well as items in various kinds of decorative ‘cases’ of course; and the  door which was part of the old museum on one side and a ‘displayed’ item on the other, staircase side. The time-lapse photos in the Altes were an interesting example where the museum building and one exhibit in it were following the same ‘palimpsest’ idea. 

There are many other examples: The DDR museum made you interact with objects which were ‘everyday’ rather than ‘precious’; guides often played a key role; on the side itself, temporary blocks acted as exhibitions and also acted as billboards for what had been there in the past and  would be there in the future.

Concentrate on this part of the work, and make sure everyone is in early, keeping the work pinned up, so that we can all share the information.

At the same time, you should start thinking (more quickly at this stage) about two other aspects:
Five site strategies: 

Think about different ways you could put a large museum onto that site.  Where would you place it?  What form should it take? Should it be one big block or a series of smaller interventions?  Should it act as interpretation for city, or act as a classic museum?  How should it relate in scale, massing, section etc to the site? To the surrounding buildings, the other museums, to the scale and height of the buildings around, to the vanished forms of demolished buildings or potential, but unbuilt, projects which were to have occupied the site?

Five exhibits

What will your DDR museum contain? Select five key items which might be displayed in your museum. These may be things you saw on the trip, they may be things you found in previous research.  hey may be physical objects, ‘real’ things, reconstructions, models, photos, installations, etc. They should range in size, type, means of display; from tiny items to architectural scale items like whole sections of buildings; and may therefore have entirely different display possibilities. What kind of museum does this suggest?


For these last two exercises — Which geometrical strategies and other tactics you have already identified might help you ?  Symmetry, patternmaking, physical geometrical form?  Can they help you deal with organising items at different scales? with laying out thousand of tiny items or oragnising vast ones?

None of these categories is entirely separate from the other each will start informing the other.

Come in in good time and pin up at least 15 examples each.  We want to collet a pool of ideas which everyone can use as well as developing your own project; someone else may have seen a display or object which may give you ideas which are essential to your own work. Bring everything with you so you can refer to photos, skecthes etc which may come up in discussion.  Select and print your best and most interetsing photos, souvenirs, Make small sketches or diagram to  clarify and illustrate your ideas.


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