Adam had given names… but Noah was the first collector … Collecting objects was a primitive act against the deluge of time and the cabinet is its primitive site. In 1753 the cabinets as a site has manifested into a new typology of architecture: the encyclopedic museum: a permanent space of display that became the British Museum. In 2017 it has inflated into 8 millions artefacts, of which 99% are locked within archives.
The inaccessible 99% is mobilised by a small group that dictate the 1% in display which constructs our perceptions of collection. By unfolding the contemporary condition of museum storages and strategies the project looks to form a critique on our relation with the idea of storage and display in relation to the accessibility of the museum, which question the static role of museums as built objects.
It further question the role of museum curation in the age of automated newsfeeds that further weaken our appetite for self pace interpretations. We have came from Pliny to Wiki, a radical reform in the distribution of knowledges. Who decides the seen and the unseen? The Cabinet of Curiosity has turned from a place were each person has its own narrative to a place where a million people having one.