Control – Attempting to Tame the World
An exhibit about the relationship between human beings and animals located in the venerable halls of the Historical Museum of Oslo
The story of mankind is often told as an inevitable development towards civilization, made possible by the ever-increasing control we take over animals and plants. However, is control really that civilized? When we look at how the world is evolving today with deforestation, endangered species and climate crisis, do we humans really have as much control as we like to think? The exhibit invites us to challenge the classic civilization narrative: what are the consequences of deeming the world as controlled by humans? Is modern civilization truly dependent on control and oppression? Are there other stories out there about people’s relationship with their surroundings? Is there a connection between this way of comprehending history and the tremendous challenges we face today?
The exhibit’s architecture gives structure to a complex concept and multifaceted narrative. An open-plan design having neither a beginning nor an end, the audience is invited to explore and discover as they wander through and around independent room elements. The rooms contain different themes, a vast selection of objects, and various multimedia content, offering many different ways one can interact with and experience objects.
ELEMENT employee Åsmund Steinsholm designed this exhibit as a side project.
- Exhibition display design
- KHM, University of Oslo
- Historical Museum, Oslo
- 240 m2
- Completed 2022
Ekeland Service Mekanisk Verksted AS
Oleg Sveiseverksted AS
Ellen C. Holte
The exhibition Control - Attempting to Tame the World in book format. Scholars dive further down in the theme of the exhibition, photo edit by Åsmund at ELEMENT.
Powerful exhibit about the human need to control our surroundings
Åsmund has designed the layout for the new exhibit at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo