Motion Detector No. 16: Collecting Pandemics

Blog entry from 06/23/2020

Source: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

View into the Current Motion Detector No. 16: 'Collecting Pandemics', on the back wall of the display case: photos from the series 'The Silent City' © Lidija Delovska
View into the Current Motion Detector No. 16: "Collecting Pandemics", on the back wall of the display case: photos from the series "The Silent City" © Lidija Delovska
Copyright: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Christian Krug

In its Motion Detector series (formerly The Showcase of Contemporary Issues), the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (MEK) displays objects from its collection that bear connections with current events. The 16th Motion Detector display deals with the spread of COVID-19 and other historical pandemics. It explores the question of how pandemics can be collected in museums, and asks: Which social strategies for dealing with pandemics can we read in the objects and images in the collection? The display can...

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