8. Packaging Collection
8. Packaging Collection
9. Typeface Collection
9. Typeface Collection
7. Experience Collection
7. Experience Collection
6. Sport Collection
6. Sport Collection
5. Ordinary Collection
5. Ordinary Collection
Last room with Unique, Ordinary, Sport, Packaging, Experience and Typeface Collections.
Last room with Unique, Ordinary, Sport, Packaging, Experience and Typeface Collections.
1. First room with the installation of exhibition vitrines and pedestals as a symbol of collecting
1. First room with the installation of exhibition vitrines and pedestals as a symbol of collecting
2. Video Collection
2. Video Collection






4. Unique Collection
4. Unique Collection
3. Collection of opinions on collecting from the various contributors exhibited on the custom-designed paper cards
3. Collection of opinions on collecting from the various contributors exhibited on the custom-designed paper cards

Visual style of the exhibition
Visual style of the exhibition
Headline of the exhibition applied on the empty vitrine
Headline of the exhibition applied on the empty vitrine

One of the structures made out of pedestals symbolizing phenomenon of collecting
One of the structures made out of pedestals symbolizing phenomenon of collecting

Last week we have opened, together with Depot Basel, our OKOLO OFFLINE TWO, COLLECTING exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum at Schloss Pillnitz in Dresden.

Our biggest exhibition to date explores the phenomenon of collecting from many different perspectives including 9 various collections installed inside the historical chambers of the museum's Bergpalais. Now we are presenting general installation and concept. From now until the end of the exhibition we will present also each collection and its details separately every week and transform the physical installation into the online content.

Until barely ten years ago, objects and the stories associated with them were generally only made publicly accessible within exhibiting institutions. However, due to the increasing diversity and availability of digital media, the visibility and accessibility of collections has changed, and they now receive more attention than ever before. In parallel to this, a completely different level of collecting, the blog, has emerged. Bloggers regard themselves as curators, and as – occasionally critical – collectors of content, which they publish online and make accessible to a wider public. Thus the concepts of collecting and making visible have acquired entirely new meaning.

The Czech collective Okolo is active in this field. They have been posting thematic collections of objects and images on their blog since 2009. Like most digital collectors, they do not collect to possess objects, but – in a very similar way to museums – to preserve contemporary and historical objects and to make them accessible in an entirely new context. Okolo specialises in design and collects with a deliberately tightly focused approach. On their many travels and during research they are continually discovering what was previously unseen or unnoticed; by photographing their discoveries, giving them graphic redefinition, and then publishing them, they create new awareness of, and stimulate interest in, things which had previously attracted little or no attention.

Moving on from the “OKOLO OFFLINE” exhibition at Depot Basel, which aimed to make it possible to experience the digital collection in physical space, the exhibition in Dresden focuses on the topic of collecting itself. New object groups, assembled from things in Okolo’s personal archive, pieces from the Kunstgewerbemuseum’s collections and loans from friends, are displayed. Each collection is presented in its own vitrine, and each tells a story about collecting – be it concrete objects, accumulated experiences, the vitrine itself as a container for collections, or the widely diverse opinions of collectors.

For the duration of the exhibition, these collections will be also be the subject of specially focused blog entries on www.okoloweb.cz, thereby interlinking the analogue
 world of the exhibition with
 the digital.

Curatorial text of the exhibition by Matylda Krzykowski

OKOLO OFFLINE TWO, COLLECTING
Kunstgewerbemuseum
Schloss Pillnitz, Bergpalais
3 September - 2 November

Photos: OKOLO, Courtesy of Kunstgewerbemuseum