without entrance

visit to vinyl collector: Jason Sanders

The Museum With­out Entrance (MWE) devel­ops from the idea of decen­ter­ing and cre­at­ing options in our pre­scribed rela­tion­ships to cul­tural activ­i­ties. The project, by artist Rodrigo Hernandez-Gomez, brings together col­lec­tors, pri­vate col­lec­tions and audi­ences in the City of Toronto to cre­ate the MWE. Hernandez-Gomez worked with 6 dif­fer­ent classes, at a range of

dif­fer­ent schools in the city, and with 4 local collectors.

The vis­its become an encounter with the collector’s par­tic­u­lar point of view, on his or her motives and method of col­lect­ing, as well as the par­tic­u­lar­i­ties of the site where the arti­facts are kept. The col­lec­tion and the site together express a lot about local his­tory and val­ues. This expe­ri­ence is meant to open up a time/space that allows the stu­dents to draw con­nec­tions between them­selves, the arti­facts in the col­lec­tion and the city. In a tra­di­tional museum, the rela­tion­ship between the arti­facts, the col­lec­tor and the vis­i­tor often main­tain an imper­sonal qual­ity and a com­plex sym­bolic distance.

The Museum Without Entrance

was curated by Stephanie Springgay

as part of the

Pedagogical Impulse Project 

followed by an article on CMagazine.