The first part of 16 Hour Museum happened successfully last Saturday March 17th in four venues around Daikanyama. The fourth in AIT's 'Hour Museum' series of experimental exhibition platforms which began in 2002, 16HM takes the format of two eight hour 'museums' held over two consecutive weekends. As you can imagine there is a fair amount of work and energy involved in setting these 'museums' up - existing as they do for a very brief period of time. But, over the years we seem to have learned how to keep things to a minimum, re-using materials and allocating resources wisely. Our museum is something very tactical and hands-on - built with the tremendous help of many volunteers. So, for my first post on 16HM, I thought I would simply show photographs of the 'construction phase'. In Daikanyama we began installing works and spaces the day before on March 16th, and tuned things up on Saturday morning until the museum opened at 12pm.
Carrying part of Masahiro Wada's installation across the road.
Our approach to making these 'museums' is one very much based on knowing our capabilities and limits - and trying to find workable and sustainable solutions to problems. Much fine-tuning is thus done on site together with the volunteers and artists. There is perhaps something rather masochistic about putting so much energy into something which disappears after eight hours....but I actually think that it provides a framework for something highly focused and playful. Most exhibitions run for weeks, if not months. I suppose this of course provides a broad window for many people to experience them, but it also often sets a certain laziness in motion.