The Museum for Object Research is a project including a community of artists who work with objects and identify this as a core element of their practice. It was originated by Sonia Boué.
I began with the idea that museums can be a flexible concept in the digital age, including an archive of ideas and information for online readers.
How did MfOR begin?
Inspired by family collections, including objects such as my grandmother’s handbag, I created MfOR on the a-n blog site in 2014, . My idea was to create an interactive resource for object artists. I remember thinking about less formal and hierarchical definitions of museums which could include personal constructions. Back then I wrote,
“Some museums live in our cupboards and imaginations, awaiting their moment of arrival.”
So I made a call out for donations to my Museum blog, including guest posts, and reviews, not knowing what would happen. We soon formed a lively and supportive network from which a conversation around object work flourished.
MfOR marked a turning point for me – developing my professional curiosity – and a desire to build conceptual frameworks alongside my artist peers. How and why we identify as object artists continues to peak my intellectual curiosity and drives me on.
Autism and the WEBworks initiative.
Since 2014 I have received a diagnosis of autism, and MfOR has received research and development support through Arts Council Funding. The Museum is now a pioneering autistic-led project. A new branch of my work has developed, in which I research autistic art professionalism, and support neurodivergent artists. I created the WEBworks initiative about which you can read more on this site.
I’m immensely proud that this work has emerged from my Spanish Civil War postmemory project, Barcelona in a Bag. I think my grandmother would be proud too!
Sonia Boué 2017