Telling the Story of Our Cultural Neighbors Through a Mobile Museum
It can all be traced back to an object found in the darkest corner of an antiques market in northern Scotland. The meaning of this artifact was unknown, but we guessed it had a previous life as a fishing tent. Perhaps it was set up on a riverbank and with the addition of a canvas cover, sheltered fishermen from the elements. Whether this speculation is true or not, the object inspired The Mobile Museum, a traveling museum concept by Fabrica designers Dean Brown (myself) and Philip Bone, with contents made by people from all over the world.
Phil and I brought together our skills as a graphic and industrial designer respectively. We were interested in re-designing a museum, in a portable, and temporary way. It felt appropriate to create something that had a relevance to travel, as a counterpoint to the pop-up cafés, boutiques and bookstores that were starting to show up everywhere at the time.
Our intention was to celebrate small gestures through curating temporary shows that were light on resources and brought culture to places that a traditional museum could not. Unlike a conventional museum, the collection is always changing, with every new location dictating a different curatorial theme. Since it’s humble origins in April, 2011 the Mobile Museum has popped up in Milan, London, Brussels, Helsinki, Luxembourg, Beijing, and Hong Kong.