This word cloud was created by Ed Rodley, Associate Director of Integrated Media at Peabody Essex Museum, in response to a tweet asking followers what they consider to be the biggest issues facing peoplewho make museum experiences in 2019?
Past present future.
Classic architecture modelled on 16th century Italian style. Now used for State Library of Queensland storage. Source: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Exhibition hall, Queensland Annexe, London Exhibition, 1873. Source: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Image source: Queensland Museum
This photograph was taken at a gathering of protestors at the lobby of the Whitney Museum, New York, NY, on April 5, 2019. This gathering was the third in a series of events leading up to the 2019 Whitney Biennial, organized to demand that the museum remove Warren Kanders from the museum Board because of his role as owner of weapons manufacturer Safariland. File:Decolonize this place 040519 whitney museum full image.jpg Wikimedia Commons
Image: Brooklyn Museum
Museum of the Future, Dubai. Exhibition.
Museum of the Future, Dubai. Lath Carlsson, Exectuive Director. Situated in one of the most extreme climates, the government has urged the Museum to take a strong position on climate change mitigation. The museum’s focus is on storytelling and has evolved less as a traditional artefact or text-driven experience, and more as an immersive theatre and technology one.
Image source: Håkan Röjder Carbon Ruins looks back at the ‘fossil age’ and is an exhibition set in the future where a transition to a post-fossil fuel society has already happened. The exhibition is the result of Climaginaries, a three-year research project initiated in September 2018, financed through the Swedish research council FORMAS.
‘One display explains what a frequent-flyer card is, as it talks about the history of a social movement that boycotted air travel, forced new taxes on airlines, and made frequent flying obsolete; another talks about the demise of the hamburger. As you walk past a toy model of an oil platform built from vintage Legos, a guide explains the company’s transition to plant-based plastic. Another display talks about how coal, crude oil, and gasoline were used, and then steps through how the transition to renewable energy occurred.’
Carne y Arena, literally, Flesh and Sand, is a 2017 immersive, virtual reality experience which places the viewer among a group of immigrants fleeing towards the Mexican border into the U.S. until they are stopped by the border patrol. The story is based on interviews by director Alejandro Iñárritu with Mexican and Central American refugees about their life stories and attracted significant international attention for its highly innovative character and strong political message. (Pronounciation: A-lay-handro In-ya-ree-tu)
CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF OUR TIMES
IN A STATE MUSEUM COLLECTION
‘A backward glance at museum development
shows that museums only fully develop their
potential for action when they are fully
involved in the major problems of
contemporary society. Museums are
institutions intended to serve society and only
in this can they continue to exist and function’
-Jan Jelinek, 1975
Czech museologist and former President of International Council of Museums
SAMDOK – COLLECTING THE
CONTEMPORARY – SWEDEN – 1977