Freitag, 9. September 2016
Museum of the Burning Questions (Ein Museum)
The Museum of Burning Questions is a project curated by Nora Sternfeld, in collaboration with artist Isa Rosenberger, in Bergen’s historic fire station. The former Brandstasjon is now occupied by retired firemen whose ambition is to found a Fire Museum – a plan that has existed since 1936, the 20th anniversary of the great Bergen fire of 1916.
The Museum of Burning Questions has a starting point in the history of fires in Bergen, yet situates itself in broader discourses about infrastructures. In this sense, it addresses the future of museums and of burning questions about the wider world.
As part of her work with the former Brandstasjon, Isa Rosenberger will realise the film Brandstasjon, dedicated to and in collaboration with the retired firemen occupying the building, presented at Bergen Kunsthall together with an ‘archive’ of The Museum of Burning Questions. The film introduces stories related to the labour of the firemen; their struggle for the establishment of the Fire Museum and its associated artefacts; and the history of fire in Bergen and its impact on the city’s development. It also raises the issue of the firemen’s expectations regarding their temporary alliance with freethought, and what they consider to be the ‘burning questions’ for their vision of the Fire Museum and its wider context.
A part of this film project will be presented as an intervention in the Fire Museum and a copy will be donated to the Fire Museum for their permanent collection.
During the course of Bergen Assembly, guided tours of the former fire station will be offered. The starting point of the tours will be The Partisan Café, where part of the extensive collection of historic helmets is on display. The collection of helmets will be a starting point to discuss the plan to establish a Fire Museum in the former Brandstasjon as well as the temporary alliance with freethought and the broader burning questions of today.
The bags will be available from The Museum of Burning Questions during the Assembly, and will disperse into the streets of Bergen.
ISA ROSENBERGER AND THE RETIRED FIREMEN OF BERGEN: THE MUSEUM OF BURNING QUESTIONS
BERGEN ASSEMBLY 2016
THE RETIRED FIREMEN OF BERGEN: THE MUSEUM OF BURNING QUESTIONS
2.9 – 1.10.2016
Bergen Gamle Hovedbrannstasjon