Museum of Care
“If history shows anything, it is that there’s no better way to justify relations founded on violence, to make such relations seem moral, than by reframing them in the language of debt—above all, because it immediately makes it seem that it’s the victim who’s doing something wrong.” David Graeber
The Museum of Care is a museum with many rooms around the globe. Like in any museum, some of these rooms are more permanent than others. New rooms are opened, existing rooms are occupied and change their function, and some rooms are abandoned and closed.
There are rooms made for reading. There are rooms made for dancing. There are rooms for doing carpentry, for growing vegetables, for doing science. Some rooms are “whatever rooms.”
Anyone can open a room in the Museum. All you have to do is propose what kind of room you want to open. Anyone can occupy a room in the Museum. All you have to do is tell us what you want to do there.
The main goal of the Museum of Care is to produce and maintain social relationships. Relationships may or may not include objects, but we are not involved in the cataloguing and archiving of artworks. There are no guards in the Museum of Care.
You do not need to be an artist to spend time in the Museum. To stay in a Museum does not cost money. The Museum is open to everyone whose practice augments our collective freedom by nurturing relations of care: care for people and animals, for materials and the environment.
The rooms in the Museum of Care are curated by their occupants. These rooms are constantly curated anew; there is no permanent collection, there are no permanent inhabitants. The Museum of Care stimulates the development of replicable collective practices that can cross over into different rooms as well as to the world outside. The Museum of Care does not end at its walls.
Like Alexander Bogdanov’s Proletkult, the Museum of Care wants to rethink what it is to be a museum or an artist, and to produce spaces for freedom and care rather than monuments. In the Museum of Care, art is not the pinnacle of the symbolic or the production of works that can’t be touched, but a practice of building better worlds. Everyone deserves the same care and attention that we now direct towards monuments and masterpieces, and should for all eternity.
The network of solidarity formed during #Carnival4David is being transformed into the Museum of Care (and Freedom).
It will be a network of residences, distributed worldwide, related to reading groups, public art projects, conferences and educational programs.
We are giving ourselves a year, until October 11th 2021 to prepare and discuss it.
As always: everyone is welcome to the Open Assembly.
“From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.”
Please participate in our weekly Friday zoom meeting at 20:00 UTC (London time):
- Meeting ID: 604 596 7588
- Passcode: CITY