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The project Iconic Things is to prepare the ground for an interdisciplinary discussion devoted to what the word “iconic” means and to select some iconic things and ideas. They will be chosen during the discussion collectively with the participation of the audience and then presented at the exhibitions accompanied by special educational activities.
The project is to draw the public’s attention to the interesting and engaging areas of life – not explicitly associated with traditional ethnography yet subject to ethnographic research – that make some cultural phenomena iconic and groundbreaking.
Iconic things are going to be the subject of surveys among a diverse group of respondents for the 3-year duration of the project as well as of activities such as expert debates, workshops with creators and designers that work with iconic things, they create, or interpret them. Ephemeral exhibitions will accompany the process of compiling the list of iconic things. Organised meetings for fans of iconic things related to various areas like music, fashion, cars, culinary arts and more will also take place.
The culmination of this project will be an exhibition entitled Iconic Things based mostly on the items collected throughout the project. The exhibition will include a wide range of educational and cultural activities appropriate for all ages and people with special needs. In addition, educational materials (expert articles) will be produced.
The goal is to broaden the range of cultural phenomena that people associate with ethnography. The year that marks the 130th anniversary of the establishment of the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, this project begins a discussion on the role of a modern ethnographic museum.
Project author: Anna Grunwald
Co-author: Aleksander (Bratek) Robotycki
Events organised as part of the project Iconic Things will be updated regularly in the Events section of our website as well as on our Facebook profile.