The Living Room

Even though the museum is a solicitous host, who takes good care of its objects, it is different, when it comes to vital processes. What happens, if the museum attempts to host and nourish life? The Living Room is an experimenting project, where we explore the different life stages of objects – from hibernation to accelerated decay.

Guided tours

Here, the events and guided tours in the Living Room will be continuously advertised.

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Blogs and articles

Here you can read articles and blogs on The Living Room.

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About the research project

Even though the museum is a solicitous host, who takes good care of its objects, it is different, when it comes to vital processes. What happens, if the museum attempts to host and nourish life?

The Living Room is an experimental project at Medical Museion, where we try to host life. Life is characterized by cycles and material exchanges – rhythmic processes and aging.  By engaging in the metabolic aspect of things across the organic/inorganic divide, we attempt to make the invisible preservation practices visible, palpable and audible – and to approach them with a curious mix of questioning and jesting. In the project, we explore decay by exposing objects to influences from their surroundings such as humidity, temperature and light as well as funghi, bacteria and moths, which altogether reshape The Living Room to a metabolic time machine. A basic idea behind the project is that decomposition and decay doesn’t necessarily lead to loss, as the surrounding life cycles convert death to life. Heat, light and microbes play decisive roles in the continuous becoming of the world.

In The Living Room we also develop multi-sensorial methods to explore decay such as time-lapse and sound art. In that way, the seeming functions of things become multiplied and unfold new ways of being, which transgress their isolated status as objects, as they e.g. also function as nourishment, habitat, sound, picture, text, even an aesthetic incarnation of the ravages of time

This is a transdisciplinary project, which is undergoing constant transformations. Explore our website to experience the different digital materialities we have developed in the encounter between preservation, artistic practice and humanistic research. Keep an eye on future events as well, such as special guided tours in The Living Room, artistic performances, presentations and much more. If your curiosity has been awakened and questions have arisen, you can contact Martin Grünfeld for more information at e-mail: martin.grunfeld@sund.ku.dk.

Behind the project

Amalie Suurballe Schjøtt-Wieth, Conservator, Medical Museion, Eduardo Abrantes, Artistic guest researcher, External lecturer, RUC, Louise Whiteley, PI. Associate Professor in Medical Science Communication, Medical Museion, Maria Brænder, Artistic guest researcher,  PhD Candidate at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Martin Grünfeld, Assistant Professor, Medical Museion and CBMR, Niels Vilstrup, Curator, Medical Museion, Sara Valle Rocha, MA student, Sustainable Heritage Management, AU, Anne-Sofie Stampe, Communication and events, Medical Museion, Kathrine Baastrup, Visual interpreter, Medical Museion

Collaborators

Adam Bencard, Associate Professor, Medical Museion and CBMR, Ali Altintas, Assistant Professor, CBMR, University of Copenhagen, Caroline Thon, Independent artist, Caitlin DeSilvey, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Exeter, David Wilczek Ahrenkiel, Research Assistant, CBMR, University of Copenhagen, Jakob Blæsbjerg Hoof, Associate professor in bioengineering, DTU, Ulf Thrane, Danish Technological Institute

Contact

Curator, Ph.D. in philosophy: Martin Grünfeld
Assistant Professor, Medical Museion and the Center for Basic Metabolic Research
martin.grunfeld@sund.ku.dk / +45 2619 3946