Launch — Museum of the Near Future I

Motto invites you to the book launch of Museum of the Near Future I by OK Do and Anna Mikkola on Janu­ary 14th 2012 at Mark­thalle IX in Ber­lin…

Museum of the Near Future (MNF) is an appar­at­us for look­ing side­ways at and inter­ven­ing in cit­ies and cul­tur­al sys­tems. It presents itself as social install­a­tions — such as lit­er­ary circles or oth­er tem­por­ary com­munit­ies — which are set up with­in insti­tu­tion­al premises. Pro­du­cing spaces for ima­gin­a­tion and dis­course, these para­sit­ic arrange­ments attempt to destabil­ise per­cep­tions of what is pos­sible and desir­able, between the now and the next, chal­len­ging tra­di­tion­al hier­arch­ies and power rela­tions.

The first iter­a­tion of Museum of the Near Future took place at the Museum of Finnish Architecture’s dormant villa in Hel­sinki dur­ing autumn 2011 and in col­lab­or­a­tion with Motto Dis­tri­bu­tion. It explored micro-polit­ic­al par­ti­cip­a­tion in a city under­go­ing grand urb­an trans­form­a­tions, such as its rap­id expan­sion to cent­rally loc­ated former har­bour areas or the recent iden­tity-defin­ing mis­sions. Set­ting up a them­at­ic book society/​shop in an under­used insti­tu­tion­al facil­ity, and organ­iz­ing activ­it­ies such as read­ings, a nar­rated field trip and pub­lish­ing around it, the install­a­tion attemp­ted to con­verge per­son­al and pub­lic space, while pro­pos­ing lit­er­at­ure as a tool for mak­ing or shap­ing places.”
 — OK Do

Motto @ Mark­thalle
Eis­en­bahn­straße 4243

Janu­ary 14th 2012 from 2.30 to 4.30 pm