Drawing on archaeological practices, finds and theory, Before the Age of the Museum brings together photography, video, found objects, made objects, installation and digitally photo-mediated screen prints that question the contemporary social legacies of the antique.
Linking contemporary conceptions of material culture with the material culture of the deep past Before the Age of The Museum questions collecting culture practices and asks what the contemporary social legacies of ancient objects, stories and archetypes might be.
Revolving around cycles of loss and rediscovery, interment and exhumation, emergence and decay, Before the Age of The Museum brings to mind a limbo state that lost, forgotten or ignored objects find themselves suspended in. Forgotten beneath the earth’s surface or at the bottom of the sea for thousands of years these objects become exposed to transformative geological and marine forces that affect a kind of reversal of their man-madeness slowly turning them toward earlier geological or mineral states.
Before the Age of the Museum brings to mind conceptions of cultural memory, ownership and the complex issue of unmaking.