Can things that eke out their dreary existence in showcases and depots speak for themselves? And if so, who understands their murmuring? The concise, often dry exhibition texts pretend to know their stuff. They inform about age, material, origin and use. Many visitors are happy to have something to read. Often it is enough just to have a text hanging next to the piece. “Mobile Worlds” chose a different path. Yes, there were also texts (and pictures) in the form of a small catalog. But otherwise things were just meant to be things. What really mattered was their correspondence – the stuff they had to communicate to each other. That exchange we wanted to follow.

Object No. 42 (The Dockers’ Museum)

Allan Sekula, 2010-, Football signed by Pelé. Courtesy of M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp), Antwerp