» …operating the apertures between interiority and exteriority, between seeing and being seen, and the transference of new 20thC optics into literal and metaphorical architectural surfaces and spaces across the spectrum of transparencies «

This is one definition of modernity which Thomas Mical mentions in the  Abstract  ‘This is Not a House: Ultra-minimalism, Austerity, and Affect’ in 2015. But isn’t talking about transparency whilst talking about a museum covering music and sound difficult or even pointless? I would say the most striking thing about the exhibition, in the museum ‘Haus der Musik’, is the darkness. The rooms are lightly illuminated and the walls are mostly coloured with dark paint. Even the floor is covered with soft materials to block out any unwanted noise. But this way the sense of hearing is sharpened and the visitor is forced to focus on what he is hearing. This means in this case the transparency aspect of modernity is out of the picture.


If you look at it with the ideas of Zygmunt Bauman in mind, parts of the museum can be seen as modern. He explains in his book Liquid Modernity:

» …we have moved from a ‘heavy’ and ‘solid’ hardware-focused modernity to a ‘light’ and ‘liquid’ software-based modernity. «

Overall the museum invites the visitor to be a part of the exhibition and therefore has a great variety of mediums to transport the information. More so, it’s challenging to display sound and music in pictures and documents only. In this case, it is inevitable to use modern technics to create an interesting environment.  If you see it as Bauman does you can say, that the use of motion sensor technic and other apps can be seen as software which allows the visitor to interact with the exhibition and different instruments, speakers and monitors represent the hardware. Viewed under these circumstances the museum would be located in the area between ‘heavy’ and ‘liquid’ modernism.

As conclusion I would say, they mainly use displays and apps to transport their information and also the technical equipment is either well integrated or conceild, so it would definitaly be categorized as hyper modern.



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