Life08
The unnoticed. Everyday life, materiality and the musealization of changes

Convenors:
Mette Tapdrup Mortensen (Greve Museum)
Louise Karlskov Skyggebjerg (Technical University of Denmark)
Stream:
Everyday Life
Location:
Aula 28
Start time:
16 April, 2019 at 11:15
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Surrounded by thousands of objects, we tend to forget they tell stories of change. This is mirrored at museums, where the drama in the quotidian is often overlooked. In the session we explore and discuss changes in the materialities of everyday life - and its musealization.

Long abstract:

Objects play a central part in our daily lives. But many of them are hardly ever noticed. Even though we often use them on a daily basis, we might not think of these thousands of everyday objects as parts of cultural practices. As something conveying insight into the multitude of relations between individuals and materiality and into the change of the everyday. Museums and other institutions with collections have been working with everyday life for decades. But the challenge remain; how do we handle the changes and materiality of the quotidian in the context of collections? How do we track the often unnoticed changes in the seemingly stable objects around us? And in our relations with them? With an outset in papers that focus on everyday life, changes and materiality we will discuss questions like: How do cultural institutions with collections represent, track and reflect often unnoticed transformations? How do we track relations between individuals and materiality? How can we make collection and dissemination strategies that don't favour symbolic and canonized objects over the quotidian and mass produced, the cheap and the short lived like toothbrushes, power outlets, and kitchen rolls? Or over the more long lived but still overlooked like parking spaces, the local DIY centre, and the bus stop?