A museum visit outside the museum

Museum Catharijneconvent

A phonenumber with the description 'Call for a miracle' as part of the exhibition 'Allemaal wonderen' (translation: All miracles) of Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Once someone diales the number there are three options. The first option leads to a prerecorded story, a miracle experienced by one of the museum's employees, who survived the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The second option grants the listener the chance to request their own supernatural event and the third option opens the possibility to record their own miraculous experience.This work was designed as an alternative way to allow an audience to experience the exhibition without physically visiting the museum, due to Covid-19 restrictions. 


Conversation on a mobile device, a fixed line or via mobile app. Through the phone call a listener experiences the sonic in various ways - a recorded sound or a live interaction where the receiver is passive or alive, participative interaction where the receiver responds to instructions for actual actions. There is an excitement in receiving a call to your own phone, experiencing a new voice and imagining the person behind the voice. As with any phone call, it might not be possible to ascertain for certain whether or not the person on the other end is who they are, where they say they are, or even perhaps if they are human or actually present. 

#participation #tools #illusionofpresence



Sharing a theme-based collection of stories, histories and heritage through a concept of museum. Interactive media in the form of audio clips, film, animation, objects, drawings, photographs and text are used for the audience to engage with the collection. The museum takes you on a journey of narratives, landscapes, memories, imaginations and explorations. It can be made in both physical and virtual realms.




Some forms of SWG might be available to be presented indefinitely. How to 'end' an artwork, or when to ‘reopen'? Until when is an artwork still / most relevant? Who would be the ‘right’ person to decide this and act upon this?