MFA Project: OBJECT REMOVED: FRAGMENTS OF A MUSEUM AFTER CAPITALISM
Object Removed is a living archive that collects texts, images, and documents relating to the process of founding a museum which treats capitalism as a historical phenomenon. The archive represents the foundational documents and research behind a larger project, which uses the form of a museum from the perspective of an imaginary future in order to encourage recognition of the historical specificity, idiosyncrasy, and contingency of the present, arguing that the social and ecological implications of capitalism have already rendered it obsolete, and promoting a renewed sense of possibility, agency, and political imagination.
Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau have been collaborating since 2009. They work on a project basis, across many types of media and disciplines, including curating, interior and exhibit design, performance, and social practice. Their projects explore ongoing interests in materialism and waste flows, language, the process and politics of collecting, and links between social and environmental issues. Recent honors include a solo exhibition at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington D.C., grants from the Puffin Foundation and Left Tilt Fund, and nomination for the COAL Art & Environment Prize in Paris, France.