THE MOON MUSEUM OF DUSTOLOGY,
COPENHAGEN and SOUTHAMPTON


 

The Moon Museum of Dustology was devoted to the study of dust.  It opened its doors to the public on 5th of April 2013 but closed on the same evening.  The museum focused on the research on dust from social, political, ethnographic as well as scientific points of views. The chief dustologist Atsuhide Ito resided in the museum, located in Copenhagen's Sankt Kjeld's Kvarter in order to research on dust in the area.  His research outcome was presented to the community of Sankt Kjeld on 5th of April during the museum's opening hours.

As a part of a program called Human Hotel, organized by Wooloo, I was given an accommodation at an apartment which belonged to a local resident in Sankt Kjeld’s Kvarter in Copenhagen.  For two weeks I lived with my host.  I collected dust daily from my host’s apartment as well as residents with whom I became acquainted.  I also put a note in public spaces such as a supermarket notice board, a lamppost, a notice board in a large apartment block and a recycling container on a street.  The note said that I would clean a house or an apartment in exchange for collecting dust.  But nobody called.  I also collected dust from outdoor environments, public buildings. 

            On 5th April, I opened the museum called the Moon Museum of Dustology and I  as a chief dustologist produced a business card, the museum of dustology, the dust diary, a set of photographs and jars of dust collected from Copenhagen.  I have also made two films one of which shows floating dust in the living room.  On the opening occasion of the museum, as a dustlogist I gave a lecture on dustology.  Participants were also asked to scrub their skin and empty dust from their pockets and to throw some dandruff on to a large black board which functioned as painting.  I collected those dust and put it in one of the jars. 

The Dust Machine No.2, Shown at 10 Days Winchester, England. Chalk Dust, Wood, Felt, Plastic, Modified Electrical Fan.

Installation View at the Museum of Dustology, The Spark, Southampton Solent University