15 Nov The Museum is Not Enough
“When I was first starting out, I decided to call myself a center.”, recalls the Canadian Centre for Architecture. “At the time the choice was clear, but it’s only now that I’ve fully realized what it means not to be a museum. I really think that in our world being a museum is not enough.”
The bold statement oscillates in the room for a moment until CCA continues: “What I am for is questioning what is going on around me – and uncovering alternatives. I try to act as a frame for making sense of, anticipating, and projecting on the world. I do this by focusing on architecture. (…) Architecture is a way of reading and redefining the present, the society in which we’re living and working. But if I want to read the world through architecture, I have to decide what I am looking for.” For the first issue CCA decided on the significance of the archive as a site for the production of new ideas, display strategies in architecture exhibitions, the need for mediation in art, and the impact of the digital in current museum practices.