The museum has always been a place for collection, exhibition and education which carries civilization and history of all humankind. The museums are the wealth of the world, but some of them have been stolen, particularly here in the UK who has stole from so many nations without their consent. We should have our own museum belongs to ourselves.
COP26, to be held in 2021, is an opportunity for people to reconsider the climate and our environment. Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. During this conference, the museum can be a place to show climate change strategies from all the world and a place for people to share their ideas. So I start thinking what the museums will look like in this profoundly altered world, what new functions they will have, what role they might play in our society?
Starting from the first museum in the history, the exhibition is in a closed space, and limited by this space. Therefore, the reimagining museum is trying to break the boundaries between exterior and interior, make the public space into a truly “public space”, which means the site itself can be a part of the museum, and multiple places constitute the entire museum. A museum may not be a specific building. It may be an area or multiple areas and buildings distributed in a city. The whole area combined can record and display the exhibition more comprehensively which is a kind of speculative museum.
In this project, I select Festival Park, Govan Graving Dock and Finnieston Crane as the project sites which are around the conference location. These places recorded the history, witnessed the changing of a city, and will look forward to the future together with us. In addition, the sites themselves can be a part of the exhibition, instead of just a space hosting the exhibition. The speculative museum will be distributed in every corner of the city. When we are walking in a city, we are in the museum.
Reimagining the museum is not to overthrow the original form, but to radically make the museum as an institution exploring more possibilities, to help bring about more equitable and sustainable futures in the climate change era.