The Moon Museum of Dustology

Atsuhide Ito (Photographer)

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    An artist residency which incorporated an mock inaugural lecture on Dustology, a cleaning service, photographs, jars of dust, and 3 films culminating in a performative exhibition - I - Performance at temporary museum 'Moon Museum of Dustology', Copenhagen (2013)

    This research project draws on the canonical works of Ilya Kabakov, Mark Dion and Marcel Duchamp and excavates the history of artworks that have used dust. My approach was to use it to illuminate the relationship between dust and the changing industrial production of goods and energy, including nuclear radiation and ultra fine dust inhalation related illnesses.

    The research was carried during my Human Hotel - selected artist-in-residency, Copenhagen. I spent two weeks in Copenhagen in April 2013, with the objective of introducing art into the local community and to provide members of the community with a space in which to develop social interactions. Prior to the residency I studied the history of dust and artworks that used dusts as a medium. At the end of the residency I opened a temporary museum called the Moon Museum of Dustology in which the dust from the local community was displayed in a manner similar to collections in natural history museums. The display was accompanied by a mock-inaugural lecture concerning a fictional academic discipline called Dustology which blurred the distinction between facts and fiction. I produced two films during the residency, which were shown during the opening of the Dustology museum. My ethnographic journal entitled The Dust Diary was also displayed along with photographs that I produced during the residency.

    My work was shown again in a group exhibition entitled Human Hotel in June in Copenhagen and another set of work produced during the residency was exhibited in a group exhibition entitled Playback in London in July, 2013. By deploying performance, community engagement, installation, film, text, photography and dialogue I attempted to increase the level of public engagement with art in an area of Copenhagen in which the lack of social spaces is considered to cause social problems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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