An exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden, curated by Okolo and Depot Basel, explores the phenomenon of collecting from many different perspectives, with nine various collections installed inside the historical chambers of the museum’s Bergpalais.
In addition to being physically presented, Okolo and Depot Basel will be presenting each collection and its details separately every week, and transform the physical installation into the online content. Says curator Matylda Krzykowski, “Until barely ten years ago, objects and the stories associated with them were generally only made publicly accessible within exhibiting institutions. However, due to the increasing diversity and availability of digital media, the visibility and accessibility of collections has changed, and they now receive more attention than ever before.”
“In parallel to this, a completely different level of collecting, the blog, has emerged. Bloggers regard themselves as curators, and as – occasionally critical – collectors of content, which they publish online and make accessible to a wider public. Thus the concepts of collecting and making visible have acquired entirely new meaning.”
“The Czech collective Okolo is active in this field. They have been posting thematic collections of objects and images on their blog since 2009. Like most digital collectors, they do not collect to possess objects, but – in a very similar way to museums – to preserve contemporary and historical objects and to make them accessible in an entirely new context.”
“Moving on from the ‘OKOLO OFFLINE’ exhibition at Depot Basel, which aimed to make it possible to experience the digital collection in physical space, the exhibition in Dresden focuses on the topic of collecting itself. New object groups, assembled from things in Okolo’s personal archive, pieces from the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s collections and loans from friends, are displayed. Each collection is presented in its own vitrine, and each tells a story about collecting – be it concrete objects, accumulated experiences, the vitrine itself as a container for collections, or the widely diverse opinions of collectors.”
Offline Two, Collecting can be seen at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais from September 3 to November 2, 2014.
Curators: Matylda Krzykowski, Adam Štěch
Graphic Design: Jan Kloss, Matěj Činčera
Production: Alexander Stockinger
Director: Tulga Beyerle