Museum of Ordinary Objects

Karan Talwar, Harkat Studios

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  • Summary

    A museum display of ordinary everyday objects we use and experience now, as a reminiscence and imagination of those which would have become extinct in 2047. Stories next to each object give us emotional and nostalgic context to them, of stories lost.

    Full description of the concept

    Objects are memory boxes. They are symbols of association. Objects can be deeply personal & profoundly universal. A broken lock, a tangled piece of rope, an empty fish-bowl might have different meanings for each of us, but they all speak of human conditions. In their quiet, unassuming, unexpected way, ordinary objects speak of us, and our times.

    The pop-up exhibit, the Museum of Ordinary Objects takes objects from our everyday life and places them in a Museum setting.The objects chosen will be from our current permanent collection and crowd sourced and the imagination will revolve around placing objects which are likely to go out of production/ use in 2047. In the Museum, objects share space with handwritten notes, of stories, which give us emotional context to them. The exhibit will be an ode to objects lost, to stories forgotten and interactions and memories which we once created with ordinary objects.

    Anyone will be able to walk in and contribute to the museum, their own ordinary objects and stories with them.

    It is an attempt to create a democratic space where the curatorial does not dictate the visitor’s interpretation of the collection or their experience of the Museum. These notes range from intricate memory mapping of the object’s arrival in someone’s life or just one word that the contributor deem suitable to tell the story of the object.

    About the group/Artist

    The Museum of Ordinary Objects is a co-creation between Harkat Studios, Tram Arts Trust and Extensions Arts. Harkat is an international boutique arts studios & an alternative performance space in Mumbai, Tram Arts Trust; an object theatre company and Extensions Arts is the field of arts education.

    Budget overview

    The budget will be used for mounting the exhibit at the location, display tables and stationary.

    How can other drones co-create with you?

    People can contribute ideas for objects. If their pieces fit with the museum we can try and include their creation in our curatorial as a public activity.

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    • Do you need electricity? We will need power and can bring our own cables and extension cords.

    • Will there be light? There will be very minimal peripheral lighting.

    • What is your audio footprint? There will only be discreet sounds, only if the object on display naturally makes a sound, it will play.

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