The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


After my child-like rapture of yesterday, I am evidently back to being my cranky self - grumbling at what I think is a pretty lame idea on the part of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. To wit:
MOCAD is inviting artists, collectors and others to visit the museum Saturday evening with at least one piece of original art in tow. Participants will be encouraged to collectively smash, mutilate and destroy the works they brought. Everyone is encouraged to then work together to create a new art piece using the remnants of the smashed works. The museum requests that no glass, dangerous materials or hazardous products be used.
So much for artistic freedom, then.

You see, the first thing I thought of was this bit from the 1978 Beatles parody, The Rutles: All You Need is Cash, in which "Nasty," the John Lennon character, first encounters "Chastity," a Nazi wannabe Yoko parody whose "art" consists of bits of rubble thrown out of tall buildings:

It's never a good thing if your innovative audience engagement strategy was already parodied 32 years ago as a really terrible idea...

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