The city as interactive museum: [murmur]

[murmer] "Exile" in TorontoToronto’s [murmur] project explodes the idea of the museum as a discrete reflector of our condition, and expands its role as a communicator of narratives by turning the whole city into a museum. [murmur] collects personal histories of public places to let you live the city through others’ experience. More here.

(Jenny F.)


3 responses to “The city as interactive museum: [murmur]

  1. That’s interesting because there is a whole idea of the Museum Without Walls (also a book written). The point that comes to mind is what artwork is considered “real art”, in reference to graffiti art, street art, and performance art. How do these fix into the museum space and how does the museum dictate what is art by its placement of certain objects within it?

  2. This kind of reminds me of Paul Notzold, a local New York designer.
    For a few hours in the evening Paul sets up a projector to the side of a building and places an image, question, or topic with a phone number for the city to text in responses. He also has a website that tells where he’ll be next and has photos of previous works.
    The topics are often about politics, current issues, and some are just humorous.
    I like the idea that the whole community is involved in creating the project. That the end result isn’t necessarily based through the lens of one person.

    His website is

  3. This is such an interesting topic because I think it possibly challenges the notion of the “House Museum” in the future. One of my favorite museum types is the house museum because it really allows the visitor to experience the “what was” with the current “what is”. If this project gains more popularity and the theme spreads into a wider area, the preservation of homes as a collection of interesting facts and objects will sure change. I love how the [murmur] project has taken a basic branch of the museum- the house, and evolved to something entirely new. I wonder if this evolution will in turn have an effect on actual established house museums of the future.

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