Short video documentation of ‘The Grand Release,’ 2013
The Grand Release is a mobile constellation of abstracted display objects referencing those in the Norwich Castle Museum. Each element represents a different department: the Egyptian Gallery floats alongside the Twining Teapot Gallery, which is balanced by the Anglo-Saxon Gallery.
The audience is invited to reconsider their view of history by looking at the mechanisms museums put in place to create a sense of order and hierarchy within their collections.
The result is a playful family tree at the heart of the museum, which is released from the pressures of hierarchy and history and proposes a constantly changing constellation of new relationships across time and space. The colors and shapes of each element of the mobile relate directly to their original departments.
The movement of the mobile adjusts to the amount of activity within the central hall of the museum.
The Grand Release
Size: 5,5 m. x 4 m.
Materials: Textile, foam, aluminium, polyester wires
Acquired by The Norwich Castle Museum, UK
Produced for History Rising, a subversive and engaging study of museum display in East Anglia (UK). By distancing museum objects from their support structures History Rising forms a critique of the assumptions that are made about how things are positioned, who chooses to display them, and how the social, political and aesthetic choices that are made in the process dictate the language of display.
History Rising has been conceived and developed by Marjolijn Dijkman and curator Jes Fernie