The Museum of Contemporary Farming is an impossible project.
It is manifested by its curator Georgina Barney, invited guests and the public through conversations, ideas and artworks.
From September 2017 to April 2018, as part of the 'Museum of the Intangible' project at the Museum of English Rural Life (The MERL) at the University of Reading, artist and farmer Kate Genever is developing artwork for the Museum on the theme of 'improvisation'.
What would you include?
'Shakespeare's Museum', Midsummer Sonnets Festival, Powys, 2009.
Viewers were asked, 'What would Shakespeare put in the Museum of Contemporary Farming?' and posted their answers in a Fisher-Price toy hay barn. Contributions included references to poetic agricultural metaphors, observations of contemporary agriculture and inferences such as "words of song".
'Towards a Museum of Contemporary Farming', Science Museum, London, 2016.
Marking the closure of the Museum's historic Agriculture Gallery and the dismantling of its post-war diorama displays, invited guests made proposals of what they would include in such a Museum.
Guy Smith, farmer and NFU Vice-President selected a simulation of the most technologically-advanced, precision-automated tractor; Alice Carey, curator and farmer's daughter chose a mobile phone; Kate Genever, artist and farmer proposed the quality 'improvisation'.