As well as objects selected by a curator, the exhibition also features objects by the so-called “cabinet members” from Oranienstrasse. As the starting point of the project, each museum team member was asked to select an unknown object which could be found in the museum’s collection and then to name ‘unknown’ or interesting locations on Oranienstrasse. People from the selected locations were then invited to the museum to discuss these unfamiliar objects with the museum team. They were then asked to find their own mystery object from the collection and, to select their own ‘unknown’ or interesting location in the same area of the city. Over four ‘Cabinet Meetings’ following this methodology the various circles of unknown objects and locations expanded. The exhibition spreads out to five shops in Oranienstrasse, where the unknown objects are displayed. Public discussions will take place during the ‘Cabinet Tours’ on Thursdays and in the various ‘Cabinet Talks.’
The fascinating results take the focus away from the museum as a purveyor of knowledge, expanding its reach and creating a new understanding of and relationship with its audience.