Conclusions + Excerpts

Conclusions + Excerpts

Our Deletion Bureau articulated hopes, fears and desires around the future of (European) heritage - they designed shared and universally accessible collections, affirmed the subjectivity of heritage artefacts; and fears, such as losing the material object for its digital version.

We created Future Erasure to explore the farthest edges of defining heritage and the role of museums. The workshop was designed to move the group beyond their usual mindsets and limits in order to focus on the essence of European heritage. Through fictional scenario-setting, diegetic prototypes and machines, the workshop suspended our participant's disbelief so that they could sincerely consider and speculate about possible futures that stretch beyond the visible horizon.


These are excerpts from dialogue among our workshop participants.

Deep space messaging group:

So officially it means that you don’t belong to any country.
Well, 20 years is not enough time for the borders to be abolished. But what’s being abolished is access to the cultural heritage itself. So the borders themselves aren’t abolished because we still have visa regimes which prevent someone from going to Europe but the objects will travel to them.
— Wayne Modest
I have some mixed feelings because in a way it’s an annihilation of real objects and that worries me. Maybe because I come from the country where 6 million people perished, half of them were Jewish, and it was a destruction not only of humans but also material heritage. So sometimes the only object that’s left after these people is a small spoon that’s overgrown by a root and we found it in the soil, in the earth. So all of these visions, yes in a way they are funny and I’m aware of the convention, we are here now, but I don’t know, I got scared.
— Joanna Krol

Chips in bodies group:

If you know that some other people are carrying something that you also like or something that you might have chosen to carry with you, you might not want to harm them.
— Stamatis Schizakis

Conclusive discussion:

How do those temporalities operate? Especially around the kinds of erasure not necessarily only as digital but the kinds of erasure that happens when we as museums erase certain narratives from the constitution of Europe as a space, such as the colonial, or the lives of the migrant for other celebratory narratives that we feel more comfortable with.
— Wayne Modest
Task No. 2

Task No. 2