After the jury it was clear for me the need to find a more rigours ground for the research to continue and how the exercise on British Museum could fit in. The diagram of the storage spaces and exhibition spaces brought out the contradiction of premise of museum itself: the democratisation of collections, the hidden narratives that are unseen by public which were dictated by curators of the museum defeated the ideology of museum itself. On the other side, digitalisation is extremely slow and expensive, not to mention the lack of spatiality ones it’s uploaded: firstly it is just photographs, for most of them, no 3d data, secondly, there’s is no physicality in the process of discovery, no spontaneity, no surprises.
I tested a alternative, by flipping the diagram and exhibit all collections in the spatial ration in the existing British Museum, here is what it has come to: a 3kms by 3kms urban block: placed in London at the exact British Museum location.
Another way to look at the process from keeping to showing could be also looking at scale, but reverse, perhaps a timeline from privateness to public through the 3 scales of spaces of which we keep: pockets, cabinets and the museum. It basically turned into a scale exercise. A interesting article I found on the V&A website talked briefly the emergence of the pocket, its technology and pocket watch slightly earlier that the Enlightenment, we could keep time in our pocket before we had the idea to classify the world.
Looking at time piece in British Museum and what goes into the pocket in 1600s…
1700s Pocket, Snuff Boxes.
Nutmeg grater, Nuremberg egg
Andy Warhol’s Time Capsule