Objects and beings from colonial contexts are finally, albeit slowly, leaving their European waiting rooms. In several model proposals, the Mobile Academy follows the upcoming process of evacuating museum archives and tests out the option of the empty museum. Accompanying exercise units offer anticipatory practical guidance for the upcoming emptiness.
The clearing out of colonial things and beings from their archives poses interesting questions for museums: What will replace the objects in the empty museum of the future? Can their digital revenants create new narratives, instead of transgressing the collecting mania into the digital? What procedures will speed up the process of return? What encounters and dialogs will find a place in the museum, when halls and basements become vacant and are no longer needed? What cultural techniques and non-object-based ways of remembering can be invented?
The MAB stages a festive performance of farewell, a collective exercise in anticipating renunciation and loss. At the center of the ceremonies stands a large shredder on the terrace of the HKW overlooking the Spree.
Everything must go. Let the great lament begin.