‘Muxxeum’ reimagines structures that define museum experiences within local and global conversations, revisiting the etymology from which ‘museum’ is derived. The proposal rejects the idea that the physical experience of the museum can be replaced by an encounter with significant objects in the physical space. However, it contests the idea that culture is a currency that is reserved towards the leisurely, and touristic. It seeks to augment the methods by which one ‘is present at the museum’ rather than just visiting. Beyond just ‘attending’ a museum, ‘muxxeum’ is geared towards hosting the critical arguments which curators hope to engage when planning an exhibit or collection. The ‘muxxeum’ was to be a centralised body of knowledge, collected and applied to a decentralised museums network.
The project sets up a rhetoric by which physical movement of artefacts and people is not the only means by which cultural exchange is performed. Climate change is the greatest emergency our planet faces. Cultural debates, therefore, require a methodology which addresses this reality directly. Shifting the museum from ‘a destination’ to ‘an event’, whereby artefacts are discussed in circles that do not necessarily share their physical location, will usher in a new chapter for museums.
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- bloc collective (Michael Zerafa, Nicholas Theuma, Andrew Borg Wirth, Matthew Scerri)
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- Arts, curatorial and creative practice