“Shelf Life initiates the collective afterlife of a diverse set of academic investigations conducted by our thesis students. It is an ‘archive,’ a ‘store,’ a ‘game’ and a ‘platform.’ Shelf Life’s shelving, tabling and documenting enables the shelved objects to circulate as images and as things.
Shelfies of the exhibition will be distributed and exchanged through social media, videos of the array will be streamed, and an online image inventory will be available for browsing. Eventually, the objects will migrate from shelf to table (from Atrium to Marble Room) where for a time they can mingle and affiliate in new ways in the glow of their own images.
When the next academic year begins, students will consume the buffet by selecting an object to take away, and a competition will invite them to curate new amalgamations and mixtures of the objects’ images. Meanwhile, this year’s graduates will continue their projects and launch their professional lives. The show never ends.”
Professor Mark Linder, Thesis Director