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The Miniature Museum of Museums has arrived!
What happens when artists are tasked with reflecting the stories and themes of not one, but three Gloucestershire Museums? Well now you can find out by visiting the Museum!
The Friction Project: a Miniature Museum of Museums, is produced by Flow Contemporary Arts. The project presents a unique interactive artwork created by Tara Downs and Bart Sabel inspired by the collections of three Gloucestershire Museums; The Holst Museum (Cheltenham); the Museum in the Park (Stroud) and the Waterways Museum (Gloucester).
The artists invite you to be seated at the desk and allow your own ingenious mind to be tickled by sounds from space, the workings of a brain that is a constellation of coggage, stirred by the symphonic universe of the gramophone planetarium, and pedal your way round a pianola textile coding machine roll…oh, and don’t forget to open the drawers and peep in from other angles!
Kevin Ward, Museum Development Manager had this to say about the work "It has been a revealing and rewarding process working with Tara, Bart and the other museums on this project. The final piece features so many stories and themes which are unique, and at the same time, common to all the museums. It is a wonder to behold and we are delighted it is able to be shared with our visitors - they have much to discover!"
Tara reveals a little more about the project: "Inspired by examples of inventiveness and creativity oozing from the 3 museums, our desk whirs and stirs with turns of various machinations - how else to conjure up the drive of canal mania engineering? Or the revolutions of technologies manufactured in the Stroud valleys – and the experimental, enquiring and sensitive mind of a composer such as Holst? The installation reflects on the interplay of imagination, industry and craftsmanship. It has a life and logic of its own for you to discover. Encompassing an era from the 1820’s – 1930’s, it selects innovations and highlights significant social influences and effects – and pulls on threads that stretch out to today and beyond."
The exhibition continues until 30th May 2015.
More on the project can be read on this dedicated blog: https://miniaturemuseum.wordpress.com/
Supported by Arts Council England.
Image shows the Miniature Museum of Museums on display in the Collectors' Room at the Museum in the Park.
The exhibition at the Museum is presented in association with SVA Site Festival www.sva.org.uk
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