A proposal for an alternative taxonomy of a museums' collection
In 100 years’ time, what is it about an iron that we’ll find most interesting? Is it the material it is made from? Its shape? Its use? Time shifts the way in which we perceive things, assigning changing significance to them and events.
In his compilation of drawings and image material, Nikolaus Gansterer refers to hidden or forgotten moments of meaning relating to selected collection objects. Each page of his Memoseum represents a new narrative that opens up a parallel space of possibility for the way in which things are interpreted. Gansterer adopts different approaches, from the historical to the history of ideas, from the formal or functional to the associative, or the history of the institutions themselves. In his synopsis the image constellations create a kaleidoscope of meanings, symbolic of the course of time or in Nikolaus Gansterers own terms "A collection of figures of thought" for understanding structures of order and sense making.
Year: 2009 -
Materials: Series of take away posters, cardboard installation
Thanks to Simona Koch for layout and web design
– 2009 at Quergeblickt, Technisches Museum, Vienna
– 2009 at Nadine, The Ever Mass Land, Brussels
– 2010 at the Kulturpreisausstellung, Noedok, Dokumentationsarchiv moderner Kunst, St.Pölten
– Quergeblickt. 100 Jahre Technisches Museum Wien, TMW - Gabriele Zuna-Kratky (Ed.), Katalog, Wien, 2009
– nY magazine, issue #1, May 2009, artist pages curated by Anne Judong, Gent, Belgium
– "100 Jahre Technisches Museum Wien", Thomas Kramar, in: "Die Presse",10.03.2009