Using first person, The Museum is Not Enough from the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is a playful publication that looks critically at being an institution in our contemporary landscape. It is the first volume in what will be a yearly magazine exploring urgent questions around curating architecture. Between topics such as the present, using archives, and exploring display strategies, the publication includes present-day concepts such as wellness, grey areas, migration, the banal, graveyards, and avatars. Through these diverse ideas, the book forms a picture of a critical now that not only represents the CCA but also extends beyond it. The publication leaves us asking ourselves, with the extensive trajectory of the CCA, what is enough? Whatever the answer may be, this publication illustrates that a space for reflection, exploration, and exhibition is necessary.
From the very first pages of the book, the index sets the poetic and yet critical tone of the nine lines of thinking that are present in this volume.
“Hello, this is me– The 9 topics in the index
I look for grey areas
I seek content in display
This is me, online
Education worries me
And I’m wary of the present
So I need a plan
Or I could reinvent myself.”
As these topics are explored, the collaborative “I”—that is a result of collective reflections on architecture, contemporary social concerns, institutions, and the public undertaken by the CCA in recent years—starts to take shape. Building on years of thematic investigations and of a continued questioning of the role of cultural institutions and the issues they face today, the book puts forward the CCA’s own positions and opens them up to a dialogue with designers, curators, photographers, publishers, and other institutions who ask themselves similar questions. Topics addressed in this volume include the institution’s engagement with the present, the significance of the archive as a site for the production of new ideas, display strategies in architecture exhibitions, the need for mediation in art, and the impact of the digital in current museum practices.
Edited by Giovanna Borasi, Albert Ferré, Francesco Garutti, Jayne Kelley, and Mirko ZardiniWith contributions from Noura Al Sayeh, Greg Barton, Ruth Estévez, Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, Stefano Graziani, Dan Handel, Martin Huberman, Wilfred Kuehn, Kalle Lasn, Maria Lind, Kieran Long, Ligia Nobre, Mike Pepi, Damon Rich, Filippo Romano, Mika Savela, Bernd Scherer, Jack Self, Astria Suparak, Shirley Surya, Jesús Vassallo, James Voorhies, and Mark Wigley. Graphic design by Studio Jonathan Hares. Co-published with Sternberg Press.