Historically the museum has functioned as a shared space of scientific research, public
display and preservation. In today’s digital age, the museum has undergone rapid
transformation. Where once static permanent artefacts were seen as centre pieces of
museum collections, this mode of exhibition and display has been superseded by
interactive media and temporary exhibits. This popularist shift in curatorial emphasis has
brought about criticism, some suggesting the museum today is situated somewhere
between an entertainment park and a department store.
Whether criticized as a post-colonial construct, a cultural fabricator or social instrument,
the museum has long been a contested institutional typology. Extending upon such
controversy, recent scientific advances in genetic coding has seen renewed interest in
museum specimens with which it is now technically possible to clone a species back into existence.
Exploring this emergent field of species revivalism within the context of speculative
museum typologies, this studio asks for a repurposing of Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay in which
scientific processes are made public through the bringing together of a de-extinction
laboratory, a natural science collection and live ‘extinct’ animals exhibits and habitats.
The Site : The site for the development of the Museum of De-extinction is Pier 2/3 at
Walsh Bay, that is currently under development as Sydney’s newest arts precinct.