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WARUM 2.0 AS MERZBAU
January 30, 2008, 12:55 pm
Filed under: IMPACTOLOGY, WARUM 2.0

HANS ULRICH OBRIST

The questioning in the quote here under, by Hans Ulrich Obrist (on page 107, as published by Sternberg New York/Berlin, 2006), can easily be transported from the context of the museum space towards the context of media. This is a stimulating exercise for us of creative reading, maybe also for you.

“How can we actually introduce, reintroduce, or re-inject the notion of smallness into ‘bigger’ conditions? And that leads to the question of complexity, which I would like to address here. After having long discussions about the exterior aspects of museums, which were all about the façade, I think it is also relevant to talk about interior complexity, a new Merzbau condition, which will bring up urgent questions in the next few years about the future of museums. The situation of museums of obviously complex and I think, when we try to work out how to deal with this complexity, it is important not to reduce our reflections to a single model of museum space, but to study several different ones, both historical models and contemporary models, and to take an experimental approach with regard to this complexity.

One of the problems of globalization is the spatial and temporal homogenization of the world of museums, and it is urgent to actually generate a situation which is receptive to a kind of interlocking of spaces, or bridges between the old and new – as exemplified by Rem Koolhaas’s work on the Guggenheim Hermitage in Las Vegas – while also keeping in mind the notions of acceleration and deceleration, moments of speed and moments of slowness, where there should be zones of noise and zones of silence, where there are also negotiations between private and public space”.

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