The Museum of Possibilities was created for the public to take ownership of a new space in Montréal's Quartier des spectacles. People were asked to share what they would like to see, do, or who they would like to meet in this space—and together explore all possibilities.
The "Museum of Possibilities" was created during Montréal's city-wide open day for Museums. Members of the public could pick up a piece of paper and write down what they would like to have happen in that space in the future. Visitors entered the field of balloons to add an 'entry' to the museum of possible things which might happen on site.
We also wanted to inspire people to imagine the possibilities! So we came up with a variety of inspiration mechanisms—juice of possibilities in mystery colors, bingo, and dice to roll that gave extra prompts, like "at sunset" or "on my birthday," or "with my best friend," so people could more easily imagine scenarios there.
Core77: How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
We tuned in online and watched the live feed, bazooka blasts and all!
What's the latest news or development with your project?
With the amount of public interest in creating activities in the new public space, our next challenge is to involve the public in turning the submitted possibilities into realities. In the mean time, the client approached us to further help create an environment of engagement with the developments of the neighborhood, this past spring we launched a 21 Musical Swings project just a few streets away.
What is one quick anecdote about your project?
Maybe a good time to mention the project's brief after-life. Since the Museum of Possibilities was a pop-up museum for one day, we held a public dismantling. We kept the written contributions and gave away 500 balloons to participants. The balloons trickled out into the neighborhood, attached to bicycles, cars, balconies, and followed people home.