– Thoughts on maintaining life during a pandemic

In the Spring of 2020 most of Denmark shut down as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. We washed and sanitized like never before, we learned to cough into our elbows, we calculated who was most at risk, and worried about who we might lose.

Along with many others, the staff at Medical Museion were sent home in uncertainty. No one knew how long it would last. Suddenly we were faced with a series of new questions: What is a museum without an audience? And how can we best be a museum about the culture and history of medical science, as we live through a moment of medical history? How should we deal with the pandemic?

These and many other questions are the background to the web exhibition LIFE SUPPORT – thoughts on maintaining life during a pandemic.

The online exhibition was produced via Zoom meetings. We worked in small, interdisciplinary groups with themes that were suddenly ubiquitous: CLEANING, KNOWING, BREATHING, ISOLATING  and DYING. The groups investigated the topics through articles, pictures, music, podcasts, movies, etc., bringing objects from our historical collections to meet objects from clinics, test centers, and everyday life, zooming in and out on issues big and small.

The museum’s employees come from many different countries, and therefore the content alternates between Danish and English.

The film on the front page of the web exhibition was directed and edited by Guston Sondin-Kung. Sound editing and film assistance: Malthe Kouassi Bjerregaard. Voiceover: Charlotte Riel. Concept and script: Louise Whiteley, Bente Vinge Pedersen, Guston Sondin-Kung, Malthe Kouassi Bjerregaard.

Web design: Anne-Sofie Stampe, Kathrine Baastrup, Malthe Kouassi Bjerregaard