During the pandemic, bricks-and-mortar museums closed down, leaving us with an online experience of various museums and galleries. Some museums have also turned to online curation and exhibitions. The bar seems to have been lowered and the experience of the exhibition is not the same as before.
I have built my own online gallery, called E-MUSÉE, in which I display some of the work I've done since I arrived in London. However, as online viewing does not allow me to feel the light, materials, or sound as deeply as live viewing, I decided to close the showroom out of responsibility and respect for the audience and myself as an artist. In a sense, I curated an online exhibition that opened for closure.
We can turn to our electronic devices at any time and type in any exhibition or museum we want to go to, but can we really experience the original space? Does it create feeling? Do virtual showrooms also need to consider realistic factors such as opening hours, lighting, and even showroom size? In an age that can easily satisfy any kind of desire, would imposing virtual limitations create a more satisfying experience for the online viewer? If museums and galleries are the places responsible for presenting art, should the refusal of openness be used to present online, digital, and virtual works that are not often experienced in bricks-and-mortar museums and galleries? Within my project E-MUSÉE I decided to use video-led tours with a linear time flow in order to emphasize a sense of limitation that this virtual museum gives. It's a speculation on the future form of museums and galleries.