Housekeeping Committee

This article is a part of the room: Confederation: Mastodon, Museum of Care as a Project

Important notice: The Housekeeping Committee was set up during the pandemic when our newly assembled community needed taking care of. Now that the community has gradually grown more independent, the committee meetings are changing pace and will mainly happen offline.

Here are the people who take care of the Museum of Care.

We are a small group of volunteers, who help room curators when they need our help.

The Museum has no property, no office or anything else besides an interest in experimenting with the idea itself.

When the interest runs out, the Museum of Care will be closed.

We understand that any moderation comes with power, which can be abused. We will try to help rather than discourage, allow rather than prohibit. We don’t delete rooms that have been abandoned by their curators. We are not a foundation or a company. We don’t care about efficiency, so we have the luxury of starting and not finishing, of changing our minds and dropping what we began, of not being successful at all.

In the Museum of Care, everything that is not forbidden is allowed. The housekeeping committee can remove rooms, but only if they are illegal or directly harmful to the community. This has never happened before, and we hope it never will.

The David Graeber Institute provides technical support for the website of the Museum of Care, helps to upkeep the Museum of Care website, Calendar, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube channel and Instagram), and helps create online meetings and the Museum of Care mailing list.

Steve Bachelor is an ethnographer, amateur chicken farmer, and student of the language of animals. Steve got his start in housekeeping in his early teens, when he started sweeping floors at Mr. Bufu’s, a punk rock club in Southern California, where he learned to wash blood from faces and floors after Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys shows. That experience prompted Steve to join a crew of stealth custodians who cleaned up after drug-fueled carnivals held seasonally in the high desert of the Sierra Nevada. In his twenties, Steve rotated between housekeeping responsibilities in the Valle de Mexico and East Coast of the United States. Today he spends his time keeping house for a revolving cast of misfits and germs at The Happy Ending Salon and Squat. As a Museum of Care housekeeper, Steve provides tips for reading groups, facilitation at assemblies, and other useful skills, as needed. 
Nika Dubrovsky is an artist (whatever that means these days). She also loves to read, collect, and write adult books for kids and children’s books for adults. She dreams of divine spirulina, which even a lazy city dweller can grow. Nika is the door opener at zoom for the Assemblies. She is a member of the curatorial team of several Rooms, such as Fight Club, Decision Making Documentary, Visual Assembly, and others.

Clive Russell is a graphic designer based in Hackney and one half of This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll. Their work inspires change, most famously in the look and feel of Extinction Rebellion and the Brixton Pound. This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll’s work has been exhibited and collected by the V&A, MOMA, British Museum amongst others. Clive helps out with the odd logo here and there and with project and editorial advice.
Ulyana Makhanova is a linguist specializing in Scandinavian languages and literature. A caring coordinator, she lives and works in Sweden.

Here is the Agenda and Notes from some of the previous meetings.

Our first guest curator project