TEAM: Argyro Kopsida, Afroditi Pouchtou, Alexia Stavropoulou – Greek – University of Patras

Shelfie [n.]

a photo taken to show off what is on someone’s shelf, usually to show off figures/statues or collectible memorabilia.

From the small scale of the cabinets of curiosity, which met the human need for self-assertion, mankind stepped into the hyperlocal scale of the museum to house, project and maintain its achievements. Nowadays, that the ego exposure mania escapes from the boundaries of the three-dimensional space and gets lost in the abyss of our profiles in social media like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, is there a locus that can accommodate each individual’s microcosm?

Imagine a foucauldian ceremonial space, overburdened with complex figures, strange places and unexpected communications, a contemporary tower of Babel. A multicultural structure where everyone can show their self on the shelf.

This museum of Egos is founded on the fluid element of water and rises towards the endless sky. Through multiple stairs and peripheral corridors, and by using digital tools provided to them, the visitors can access the various cabinets and navigate inside them, following respective procedures to those of social media. By bringing disparate objects together, one can get a sense of the world’s interconnectedness and find peace in the quiet relationships that exist between them. Personal items mixed freely with rare memorabilia, give one’s own life a sense of rarity and wonder.

ο κόσμος ο μικρός, ο μέγας!

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