"Like a chef preparing a great feast from the bare shelves of your kitchen."

Murray Kerr



"...an elegant proposition that relies upon an appropriate application of toilsome labor as well as antiquated technologies."
- Peter Yeadon


For varied reasons, the collection of this museum is taken from a wide range of collections and as such will contain a range of varied and incongruous artefacts.

As such my proposal involves the curators and their aesthetic understanding and asks them to arrange these incompatible objects into a cohesive exhibition to be enjoyed by the people. This is achieved by the curators creating an endless still life or 'nature morte'. By selecting catalogued items from the permanent collection or new ones from the visiting collection and new arrivals, disparate objects are arranged at the curators' discretion.

These objects are placed on a slow moving conveyor belt to create a display that the visitor to the museum has no control over. Their interaction with objects, at the time they happen upon the museum, will be entirely due to the curators' design/whim. The curator may choose to display only red objects or only butterflies or only skulls next to Ming vases thus creating relationships that are based purely on the aesthetics of the curate. Like a chef preparing a great feast from the bare shelves of your kitchen or Cezanne arranging a still life to painted and then consumed by the viewer.

Unlike, however, the great still life painters, the curator is creating an ever-changing, moving picture that will be different every time the viewer visits the Gallery. It is hoped in this way that the objects on display will take on a new resonance or meaning by their proximity of otherwise incongruous items. The conveyor belt will move imperceptibly slowly, evoking the video still lives of Bill Viola.
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Recipient of the Mordechai Brown Award for Advances
in Collections Management

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