Collections. Especially collections that are interesting, unusual, unique, obscure, and so on. You know you have one hidden away somewhere. Or you know someone who does. We want to put them on display.
Collections that required some kind of creative categorization or idiosyncratic taxonomy. Collections that draw attention to the processes and politics of collecting.
Collections that impart aesthetic value into everyday things, rather than collections of things that are already recognized as valuable. Not just collections of rare things, but collections of things that are rarely collected.
(Seattle, 2012) The world’s largest collection of “mailpiece security screens” (or envelope patterns). A collection of “meteorwrongs” (rocks mistakenly identified as meteorites) from Arizona State University’s famous collection. A set of ceramic models based on a geologist’s verbal descriptions of favorite rocks. A small, traveling natural history museum that holds a lovingly assembled and ever changing exhibit of natural objects.A collection of sticky notes found all over the world. Selections from the Play Generated Map and Document Archive of paper documents created during play. A collection of 120 shoe heels found on the streets of Chicago between the years 1989-1992, with map marking each location. Photographic documentation of lost tennis balls. Twenty 1970s photographs whose provenance is unknown. A collection of matchboxes from India. An archive of collections of dried slugs, pet coffins, clay and shell sculptures, sweater lint art, and more from a 1980s childhood. 30 variations of Cobra Commander action figures arranged according to color. Crushed Crush bottles and cans photographed exactly as they are found. A collection of used 35mm film canisters, flattened and photographed in a uniform method. One month’s worth of preserved food for an adult human. Two years worth of nail clippings. Four years of beard clippings. Seven years of drain catch from a New York City loft. A collection of tiny, unholdable pieces of bar soap melded together. A lifetime of daily to-do lists.
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