Museographies for Art Archives

Museographies for Art Archives

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Loitering Performative Museography

Loitering Performative Museography

Mobile devices to active phenomena

Furniture: Mobile, movable, traveling, moving. Contrary to a property or real state, a building is immovable, it does not move – it is a property. The city is built of real buildings but also of tables, chairs, bookcases, movable flower pots, which furnish the interiors of houses and buildings, as well as the exteriors of streets, squares and sidewalks of our Latin American cities, turning the streets into temporary kitchens, shops, dance halls or open-air markets. They micro-construct the city every day in the morning and de-construct it every night using elements that can move, furniture.

Artisanal Museography

Artisanal Museography

Common trades and anthropology of knowledge

Topographic Museographies

Topographic Museographies

They are museographies outside the wall that take place on tables and islands as habitable platforms and information topographies.

Museographies as habitable architectural furniture

Museographies as habitable architectural furniture

Museographies, as habitable architectural furnishings, serve as architectural exhibition platforms that, in the form of islands, occupy the center of the room. They feature the construction of a central museographic entity that can have its own dynamics and engage in various ways with the surrounding walls of the space, also helping us to break free from our dependence on the walls. This allows for the creation of a central imagery without relying on the walls.

Modular assembly museographies

Modular assembly museographies

Museographies to reuse or just use and throw away?

Museografies in Collective and Pedagagical processes

Museografies in Collective and Pedagagical processes

Museographies in collective and pedagogical processes

Museography for Contemporary Art

Museography for Contemporary Art

Museographies to exhibit Design

Museographies to exhibit Design

Museographies in Natural Environments

Museographies in Natural Environments

Museography which is the content and the work exhibit

Museography which is the content and the work exhibit

Museographies for Art Archives

Museographies for Art Archives

¿How to exhibit documents in Art Museums?

From Museography to Museology

From Museography to Museology

From making an exhibition to making a Museum, from temporary exhibitions to permantent exhibitions,.

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Loitering Bench

2006 /

Loitering Performative Museography /

In Tijuana the lack of public space and amenities for pedestrians is notorious. This project is introduced to the city as an exercise of intervening in the micro-urban street reality, identifying everyday-life situations that can be transformed into potential projects for the city. In Tijuana, I lived about twenty meters from the crosswalk on the border between Tijuana and San Diego and every day, at any time throughout the year, I would see people standing and waiting for family members to pick them up. There was never a waiting area. The ambulant bench was made to be inserted into this space, to afford the service of a waiting area. I would leave it in the morning and pick it up at night.

As Felipe Zuniga describes “The loitering bench emerged from a genuine and simple concern: the possibility of “being” in one place. This notion of “being” does not imply “occupying” a space, taking it or making it yours. Rather, it suggests a short-term stay: an experiential appropriation of space. Banca Ambulante (Loitering Bench) also serves a seemingly simple gesture, that of “hospitality” in the face of the in-hospitability of the US-Mexican Border where the bench was placed, precisely in a place of friction between these interests, it generated a parenthesis that allowed the possibility to orient oneself, wait or just enjoy a cup of sliced fruit on a Sunday afternoon.” [i]

The design of “Loitering Bench” uses typologies of urban mobile furniture and the language of working-class construction to define its form, as an exploration of mobility, temporality, and change. When parked, its vertical form reduces storage space.  The loitering bench has been adapted for use in Tijuana, Copenhagen, Korea, and San Diego.

 

[i] Felipe Zúñiga, dossier and interview for PCEP (prácticas culturales en espacio público)(cultrual practices in public space), 2010.

Germen Estudio is an architecture and design office specialized in creating museographic experiences for a wide variety of exhibitions, ranging from modern and contemporary art exhibitions to displays of anthropology, material culture, archival documents, as well as exhibitions that explore economics processes and community narratives. Our design philosophy is based on the conception of active and versatile museographies that allow adaptation, reuse, transformation and change. Overcoming the limits of the traditional “white cube” by eliminating the bureaucracy in the use of drywall and advocating for a museography that explores other materials, constructions and exhibition systems that provide visitors with a comprehensive experience in which the exhibited work converges, the presence of the viewer, the museographic furniture and the architecture of the museum. Our goal with exhibition design is to transform the museum visit into a dynamic and memorable experience that transcends traditional conventions.

Giacomo Castagnola received his Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT) from the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2013, and holds a degree in architecture and urbanism from Ricardo Palma University (URP) in Lima Peru. Originally from Lima, Peru, for seven years (2003-2010) he lived and worked in the Tijuana / San Diego border region where he established Germen, an architectural and design studio, to investigate the self-organized "informal" city that composes up to 40% of the urban and growing infrastructure of many Latin American cities. Currently, Castagnola works in Mexico City in architecture for exhibitions and museographies that explore new ways of displaying archives of art and material culture.

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Founder

Giacomo Castagnola

Arquitectos

Erik López
Cristóbal García

Past Collaborators

Fernando J Limón — San Diego, CA
Fernando Becerra — San Diego, CA
Carlos A. Augusto Paz — Tijuana, MX