THE MUSEUM OF ORDINARY PEOPLE (MOOP) X MNEMOSCENE
About the Event
A row of terraced houses used to stand where Phoenix Art Space is now. In the sixties, they were bought and demolished to make way for office space. Apart from one. Harriet Sylvester – who lived in the middle – refused to move out of her home.
An immersive exhibition created around the exact space where her house once stood, HOME presents fascinating, heart-breaking and uplifting stories of ordinary people. MOOP and Mnemoscene have collaborated with members of the public to explore how their collections of everyday objects, photos and documents can be curated to represent our emotional connection with the home and showcase untold narratives that chronicle real people’s lives.
In partnership with Brighton Festival 2021.
This exhibition will be online from 1 May. From 20 May – 6 June, the galleries at Phoenix Art Space will be open Thursday – Sunday, 13.00 – 17.00. Visitors must pre-book a free, timed slot in advance of their visit. Only a limited number of people are allowed into our building so it’s essential that all visitors book. Check back here in May for a booking link.
The Museum of Ordinary People celebrate the ripples that ordinary people leave behind, finding the magic in the mundane.
– We tease out the social value of everyday objects, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
– We are responsible for creating culture as well as reflecting it.
– We are adaptable and alive.
– We cut through social barriers and create a kind, safe space for exploring difficult emotions, experiences and memories.
– We create connection, belonging and empathy – museums should make people feel.
– We facilitate and enable, for the public benefit, using creative practice to heal.
– We re-use materials, giving new life to old things, and nurture collaboration to end waste.
– We are a conscious opposition to the established practice of museums that privilege the elite.
– MOOP is a conversation.