Date: 15th Century
Material: soapstone, limestone, clay
The medieval baking mould distinguishes itself from the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s collection. Unlike many of the valuable and appreciated objects in the museum there were neither a special material nor high skills needed to produce this mould. Besides, not many everyday objects or kitchen tools that were used by ordinary people are being displayed. The moulds are made out of soap- or limestone which are engraved to show a relief image on the baked goods. The iconography depicted on these moulds is hard to recognize because of the mould’s age and the way it is presented in the museum. By seeing the object displayed in the museum one can hardly imagine how it was used. How can we experience the former usage of a tool when presented in a context so different from its actual practice context?
In a coorperation between Kunstgewerbemuseum and the Universität der Künste, we students were asked to find new interpretations of existing artifacts out of the museum’s collection.
The focus of the projects is to transform these objects to a new life by interventions, so that
they can establish themselves in a new form in today’s and future living spaces.
Name: Meme Biscuit, Meme Stamp
Material: biscuit, ink on paper, sticker
The Kunstgewerbemuseum is filled with beautifully manufactured objects we cannot intuitively understand: we don’t know how they were made and how they were used. How do we deal with an object when we cannot relate to its actual practice context anymore? Can we make up our own stories? Through memes (information spread by imitation) new stories about some objects of the collection are invented. The texts speculate about possible contexts in which this object once may have lived, is living now or will live in the future. In this way, the museum does not only function as an archive of the past but also as a space for new sorts of interaction with objects. Inspired on the medieval baking moulds and it’s function of telling a story by showing an image, these memes are distributed in form of a biscuit and a stamp. Thus, the meme find its way to the place where stories are told: the mouth.