The MINI Museum of XXI Century Arts is proud to announce the launch of the second site-specific project designed for its low cost, itinerant architecture: Here (2011), by the London-based artists duo Thomson & Craighead.
Here has been developed by the artists with the specific conditions of the MINI Museum in mind. It takes the shape of a digital photograph of a street sign displaying the text “Here 24, 859 >”. According to the Certificate of Authenticity provided by the artists together with the work, «When displaying this work, the MINI Museum should be physically installed along a North/South axis, so that the surface of the screen is running from North to South or South to North. This ensures that the information contained in this digital artwork is accurate and that the distance between the museum and here is almost exactly 24,859 miles at all times.»
Thus, Here can be described as a piece of institutional critique that turns the Museum into a statement about its own relativity in space. Being the MINI Museum a traveling institution, Here provides it with a fixed reference point, according to which it could be localized on the world map: the Museum can be everywhere, but it would always be 24,859 miles from “here”.
After showing the work in a private view in London, Thomson & Craighead lended the MINI Museum to the English artist Martin John Callanan, who is working on the next project.
More informations on the MINI Museum website.
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