Museums - Call for Submissions 2020 Home
A home is not a house, and a house is not a home. A house contains objects and composes rooms. However, it is the concept of the home that connotes an expanded range of mindsets and desires. What does it mean to be a home?
A home informs individual and community identity. While the contemporary home has become synonymous with stature, prestige, and trend, instead of being a place for truth, comfort, and a sense of security. And yet, some people find their homes in strange ways, new countries, and even housed in institutional spaces like museums. Can museums function or have qualities of a home?
A home is an assemblage of spaces that build emotional intelligence, characterizes ecological concerns, stages diverse ideologies, celebrates culture, makes or breaks political belief, and records the history of the inhabitants in imagined or factual ways. How can one word hold such power and embody so many meanings?
A home is personal. It can be a thought, a mood, a memory, a smell or an image. As a place of steady routines and rituals, inhabitants can intimately connect with every nook, cranny, and detail while recounting the stories and secrets of their home. What secrets reside in your home?
A home is a collective obsession. As a marketing campaign for the ‘American Dream’, today’s populace is bombarded with home improvement shows with visions of bigger is better. The commercial domain of domesticity is branding and selling a home as a product. Within the Craigslist ecosystem of click-view-select we hunt for rental spaces and even DIY projects that impart a sense of home, becoming wanderers in search of the perfect abode. Meanwhile, the struggle to avoid homelessness in the face of housing shortages often reduces the home to a mere refuge. How does a home become an asylum or a prison?
A home is ever changing. This issue proposes home as a universal concept that is relative in its struggles, iterations, and connotations. From the habits and connections in the domestic sphere experienced everyday to the compressions and extensions of borders and behavior at the Homeland Security checkpoints, share your stories, visions, and projections of HOME with Fwd: Museums.
Submission topics may include but are not limited to:
Collections within the home
How collections and artifacts are housed
Comfort/Safety experiences within museums and lack thereof
Feeling at home in museums
Family/Challenging ideas of family
Artifacts from people's homes
How museums address im/migration or displacement from home/homelands
Preservation and destruction
Depictions of home in art
Domesticity explored/Roles we play inside the home
Home as a basic human right
Libraries vs. museums as open public spaces
Design as a tool to make a home/anti-home
Architecture – the bones of a/that make a home
Site of civic engagement/communal spaces
Invasions of the home
And many more!