Art in Everyday Things

Does your family measure the years with height marks on a doorway to the kitchen? My family did not, and I was always struck by the practice when visiting homes that did. British artist Roman Ondak has taken the concept and worked it into a participatory installation at the Tate.

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This is something we talk about often during the design process. We are not creating exhibits based on science fiction. Our content goals are firmly rooted in a reality of experience, moments that already exist, truths. But we aren’t looking to recreate opportunities for existing experiences either. When you walk into a museum you aren’t expected to pretend you are somewhere else, although an experience can often be enhanced by doing so. There is a middle ground. It’s ten percent theater, thirty percent education, and sixty percent this third thing, the magic of the common vernacular rephrased in a language that brings a user into a context they are familiar with but in a form that highlights the thirty percent. The content. Keep reading, there’s more!