OTTAWA, ON, May 12, 2020 - In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, museums across Canada and around the world are uniquely positioned to document a historical event in real-time.
Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation – has launched a comprehensive curatorial initiative designed to source stories and experiences from across Canada that reflect our current reality.
As part of the new initiative, Ingenium will generate in-the-moment documentation that can serve to connect us, and act as a historical marker for future museum practitioners.
Through the and social media crowd-sourcing, Curating Under Quarantine will ask questions, gather stories, and invite Canadians to share what life under COVID-19 means for them - all connected through the hashtag #CuratingUnderQuarantine.
Every Canadian has felt the impact of the current global health crisis in some way or another, from a growing dependency on digital meeting platforms to renewed interests in domestic technologies. Curating Under Quarantine seeks to uncover a diversity of experiences in order to observe how our relationship with science and technology has changed as a result of the pandemic.
“During these unprecedented times, curators — who usually collect and care for the past — are tasked with trying to imagine what will be important in the future. Through this initiative, the Ingenium curatorial team will be better equipped to reflect on how science and technology has changed in our times – and how innovations developed in response to COVID-19 will impact our future.”
-Anna Adamek, Director, Curatorial, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation
About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
Ingenium celebrates the innovative spirit of Canadians by telling the stories of those who dared to think differently. Inspired by the power of ingenuity, Ingenium encompasses three national institutions: the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. These three museums are places where the past meets the future, with spaces where visitors can learn and explore, play and discover. Ingenium continues to evolve — the brand new Ingenium Centre houses Canada’s science and technology collection, a research institute, and a digital innovation lab, all designed to protect priceless Canadian heritage artifacts for the benefit of many generations to come. Beyond the physical walls of its museums, Ingenium’s engaging digital content, outreach programs and travelling exhibitions serve to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.