- Boijmans van Beuningen Museum
A cafe table as a social surface, a carrier of quickly passing information that bears the sign of its time through a fleeting stream of words on newspaper headlines, magazine articles, flyers and packagings, brought in by its visitors.
By not only carrying, but also reading, interpreting and showing that information, the table becomes a document of its use, and an archive of the local culture that passes the museum. Where the museum curates the art, the espressobar curates its visitors.
An optical software reads and interprets words that appear on the tables of the cafe, and transforms them into ceiling ornaments that word by word grow over the days and weeks, fed by the words on the table.
The ceiling becomes a slowly expanding archive of the space and its use.
The readings are also transferred to the till, which prints the words that are in the space at that time on the bottom of the receipt, that therefor becomes a time specific souvenir.
Visiting address: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20, 3015 CX Rotterdam, The Netherlands t +31 10 4419400