During her residency at ZK/U Berlin, Furen Dai will continue her research on the origins of encyclopedic museums, using ruins as a blueprint to envision the future forms of museum institutions. Her study encompasses the intricacies of museum dynamics, including interior design, exhibition display methods and logic, protocol rituals, and the impact of discursive frameworks on the reception of artworks.
Dai will initiate a film study, focusing on often-overlooked 'invisible elements' within museums, such as lighting, pedestals, and plinths. She reflects on how cultural connections transcend temporal and spatial dimensions while analyzing various exhibition methodologies. Her film project serves as an experimental platform, envisioning alternative futures for museums, particularly encyclopedic ones, and investigating the embedded aesthetics within both museums and art history. This sheds light on and critically examines the inherent value judgments associated with the museum's role as an authoritative guarantor of value, quality and authenticity in the realm of art.