How do you create a museum of the now? That is what the third year students at Kaospilot set out to do as they shared glimpses of where they are right now in their work with the final projects. Visuals, drops and rituals transformed an abandoned building on the harbour of Aarhus into a Museum of Now.

 

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The whole Kaospilot school was invited to an experience created by the third year students on a cold harbor in the Danish autumn air. Entering the room of an old warehouse all participants were met by the team forming an avenue of big white drops under a paper moon. As mystical as it may sound this is an important part of the learning at the third year.

The Museum of Now kicks off the final projects that the third year students are now embarking. And it is a chance for the team to share where they are right now in their process.

 

All kaospilots finish their education by making an exam project that requires all the tools and skills they have gathered during the first two years.

 

The diversity of the projects is great. Some start up their own company, some do consulting, some work with natural restoration, some with companies like the Danish Broadcasting Company or public hospitals.

 

 

Glimpses of now

 

The first important step of the final project is research, research, research. At stations around the old warehouse the students share the research they have done so far in their project, their thoughts and methods they will be using in the work.

 

At one of the stations are Henriette Juel Olsen and Anna Katrin Thorarinsdottir. They have just formed their group and will be working with human centered design and co-creation.

 

-       This is a glimpse of where we are right now in our project. We still haven’t decided what field we want to work in. But we want to use human centered design as our method and through that find a human need in society that we can create a concept around, says Henriette.

 

 

Reality check of the project

 

Robin S. Lewis Christensen is working on a project with social labs. His aim is that people with different backgrounds meet to solve a specific diverse problem. At the moment he is looking into problems in the food industry but this may change as he goes further into the researching.

 

-       It is valuable having to say it out loud and present the project to the rest of the school. It becomes a reality check. My own thoughts are mirrored and it gives the opportunity for sparring. I got new perspectives on my project when I heard how the second year students perceived it, says Robin.

 

The Museum of Now does not only give great input to the team that is doing final projects, also the younger teams get an idea of what is in front of them.

 

-       We want to share with them that a final project can be many different things and that you can be many different places in the process at this point, says Anna.

 

She also sees it as an important experience for the team to create the museum together.

 

-       Although we are all working on different projects now, and will travel different places to make them, we will still support each other the rest of the year, for instance we have learning groups to do that.

 

-       We have been a team since we got here, and that is a main part of being at Kaospilot, Henriette adds.

 

She explains that the painted marks on their foreheads are to symbolise that they are a group and also show all visitors who the exhibitors are.

 

 

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Not a regular museum 

 

All of the things happening around the actual sharing of projects – the rituals, the music and the visual design of the space – are part of the experience of the Museum of Now. Experience design is an important part of life and work of a kaospilot.

 

-      I think that is something we are really good at here at Kaospilot. This is not a regular museum. By making it an experience we create a feeling, a sensation and it brings another level to it. We expect something from the participants who come to the event and that makes them engage more.

 

The team has chosen “drops” as a theme for the museum.

 

-       When a drop falls it creates a ripple, and when we are many drops it can really create an impact. That is what we want to do with our projects and therefore we think it is a good metaphor.

 

 

Last minute change of conditions

 

Hilmar Gudjónsson has been the project leader of the Museum of Now and he got himself a bit of a surprise the night before the event was to take place. The team had to move from the location where they were already setting up the museum, and not until the morning of the Museum-day did they have a new space.

 

-       We really got to practice our skills of navigating in chaos in that situation. My task was then to mobilize everyone to change it all. We had to move everything and find out how to use the new surroundings.

 

-       But it was actually fun to change it. It was so dusty in the old, raw building, but it became part of the charm of the place, adds Henriette.

 

-       At all events something f*cks up at some point. On the 1st year we freaked out more than we do now when something like this happens. Today, instead of panicking we just decide what is the next step to take. And we have the experience now to be able to tap into things we know will work from previous projects, says Hilmar.

 

 

Hilmar Gudjónsson collected impressions from the Museum of Now in this video:

 

 

MON from Hilmar Guðjónsson on Vimeo.

 

 

 

Text by Lotte Rystedt, journalist at Kaospilot