"We wanted to know what has been filed away in the hard drives and archival
storage units of our cultural institutions for the past year. In the following
selection of artifacts and mementos, what starts to come into focus is a
collection of humble ephemera that feel instantly evocative (things you
probably have already thrown away), along with items from the cityscape that
were once as novel as the coronavirus itself but have since become normalized
(such as social-distancing arrows). Archiving and collecting aren’t neutral
acts; cultural institutions now seem to be more aware that they have reflected
society’s biases in choosing whose histories and experiences they preserve.
Some are intentionally collecting the stories of historically underrepresented
groups and social movements, which are important to the narrative of 2020. But
few of the items below have been exhibited, so the question still looms: What
will we even want to remember of this past year? And what should we? These
choices will become the Museum of 2020."
Via Esther Schindler.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics