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.

  Archive of Scarcity Meeting Room, 2016. Installation shot. 

Archive of Scarcity Meeting Room, 2016. Installation shot. 

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. 
  CPCH Information Center, 2017. Installation shot. 

CPCH Information Center, 2017. Installation shot. 

Display Requirements

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) 

  CPCH posters, 2017. Installation shot. 

CPCH posters, 2017. Installation shot. 

Technical Requirements

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. 

Center For Post Capitalist History Introductory Video, 2017. Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds.