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Decay – The start of something new

Decay is decomposition and death, but at the same time a prerequisite for new life. Some are fascinated by decay while others fear it. This exhibition made by students of the master’s program Museology and Heritage Studies at the University of Oslo reflects upon this concept.

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Photo: Fredrik Rustøen

Did you know that there are people that seek out abandoned and decaying buildings? Have you ever thought about the fact that mould cheese is a result of planned decay? We are surrounded by various forms of decay every day. Our house, food and body are all decaying.

In this exhibition, students at the University of Oslo explore decay from different perspectives:

  • Life in decay explores the deteriorations in the cycle of a human life.
  • Planned decay examines how we take control of decay.
  • Fascination of the decayed illuminates the fascination that some have for abandoned and decaying buildings and belongings.
  • Narratives of decay explores how notions of decay, decadence and decline have been important factors in politics and religion, both historically and today.

What does decay mean to you? Is it something we should always try to prevent? And how does decay contribute to the development of society?

The exhibition is made by students of the master’s program Museology and Heritage Studies at the University of Oslo and is offered in collaboration with the Museum of Cultural History.

Published Feb. 12, 2020 12:49 PM - Last modified June 19, 2020 11:20 AM