Center For Post Capitalist History Exhibition Proposal For The Museum of Capitalism
The Center For Post Capitalist History is a parafictional institution set in the United States after the collapse of Capitalism, during a period of rampant scarcity. The institution’s primary goal is proposing new modes of archiving and knowledge production based on the limitations of resource scarcity.
The proposed installation is one iteration of a series of itinerant waiting rooms, populated by brochures, videos, posters, and other ephemera describing the institution’s mission as well as the world in which it functions.
This institution exists within the same parafictional universe as the Museum of Capitalism. Both are extrapolations of a world that exists outside of the pervasive grasp of capitalism, using the authority of cultural institutions to assert the believability of this world. While the Museum of Capitalism preserves and displays the artifacts and material culture of capitalism, the Center For Post Capitalist History is dedicated to researching how preservation in this world might function, practically and theoretically.
Space requirements are adjustable— components can be arranged according to available space
Monitor with USB capability for looping single channel video (duration 1 minute, 24 seconds, monitor size flexible)
Audio though headphones or speakers (speakers preferable but this is flexible)
Replenishment of brochures (takeaway)
Wall for posters (four 24x36 posters)
Electricity for monitor
Wall for posters and brochure holder mount
Since this installation functions as a waiting room, it is ideally displayed in an isolated space with a corner, or alongside the existing reception area of the space. Conceptually, the “itinerate institution” is created to be installed flexibly in a number of different spaces.