The project will also allude to another key aspect of the William Wyler film – the fiction of a new and rejuvenated museum that comments on the power of media. The fixity of the dusty architectural abode of the masters is brought back into circulation through the mobility of the film – effectively infusing it with “the real” – that is bringing the immediate and ethically dubious presence of the outside world back into the museum. Significantly, there is also a subtle differentiation between the anarchic but professionally impeccable actions of the thieves (transmitted via film) and the outdated (although technically equipped) incorporation of tradition in the architecture.
Working in this mode, this series of one-night performative interventions will occur in different countries and museums. Artists will be invited to explore the territory between the relentless architectures of established institutions and the performative pluri-medial possibilities of interventions within them. In introducing a “foreign eye”, artists will be invited to experiment with historical transformation across past and future. The first stop in this nomadic project is Lisbon, a city containing genuine “museums of museology” that carry a particular material presence due to their modalities of display and the proximity of the viewer to objects of display.
Stay tuned to Project Anywhere for updates as they occur during 2013.