Running in a General Election year, this exhibition looks at the role of public institutions in contemporary life and at what it means to be responsible for a national collection. Four new installations created by artists, architects and designers including Jorge Otero-Pailos and James Bridle respond to the museum as a public space and to its vast collection of objects. Through specially commissioned interventions positioned around the museum, the show also explores the part design and architecture can play in defining areas including civic identity, technology, security and democracy. Among the loan items on display are the hard drives that held documents leaked to the Guardian by Edward Snowden which were subsequently destroyed by the UK Government.
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