Saturday, 15 January 2011

Decalcomania at the National Railway Museum


“Queen posts”
“Diamond Switch”
“Shoe beam”
"Jim Crow"

Glass cases of organized, annotated objects present a veneer of truth. They exude an aura of impenetrable distance: the standard museum display presents a one-way system of knowledge dissemination. Decalcomania is a collaborative project between Suzi Tibbetts and Hermione Spriggs. Beginning with terms taken from the railway dictionary, and obstinately blind to their original definition, new object-subjects will be intuitively fabricated. These artworks (‘faux’-artefacts) will then be inserted into cabinets within the Station Hall.

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