Writing

Calum Storrie has written extensively on museums for Journals including Art & Architecture, Blueprint, Building Design, Inventory, Museums, Museums Journal, and Museum Practice.

Calum Storrie's book The Delirious Museum: A Journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas was published by I. B. Tauris in 2006 and is distributed by Palgrave Macmillan in the United States. It was chosen as a ‘Core’ book by academic distributors Lindsay & Croft for 2006.

The Delirious Museum is widely available in quality bookshops and external link arrow on the Amazon website.

Here is a link to short essay for the Judith Clark and Adam Phillips Artangel exhibition external link icon The Concise Dictionary of Dress.

The Delirious Museum: A Journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas

The full text of the introduction, the table of contents, and related writings.

Table of Contents & Introduction

The Louvre; An Absence | The Endless Museum; A House of Dreams | Beneath the Museum, the Street | etc.
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All museums carry within them the seed of their own delirium...
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The Infraordinary Museum

This section of The Delirious Museum was omitted prior to publication.
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Missing Footnote

Missing footnote from The Delirious Museum, Chapter 6 (‘From Soane to Soane’), describing an itinerary that leads from St Pancras Old Churchyard to Lincoln's Inn Fields, St Pancras Old Churchyard, Lincoln's Inn Fields.
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Soundtrack

A notional soundtrack for the Delirious Museum.
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Other Writing

On the Disfigurement of Signs

[This text was first published in the journal of the MA in Industrial Design (MAID) at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London in 2006.]

“He said: ‘Signs form a language, but not the one you think you know.’” – Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.

On the street I see that abstraction is creeping back. In amongst all the posted information (street names, stickers, tags, insults) there are points at which no data is visible . . .

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Seeing

[From the catalogue ‘Kerry James Marshall: Along the Way’ edited by Deborah Smith and Sarah Martin, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2005.]

Deborah Smith posed the question:
How do we make sense of what we see?

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The Cabinet of Dr Johnson

An essay written for the book accompanying the exhibition at Dr Johnson’s House ‘The House of Words’, curated by Tessa Peters and Janice West in 2009.

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King of the Castle

An article for Museum Practice, Summer 2006.

It took 17 years for Carlo Scarpa to convert a castle in Verona into an art museum. The great Italian designer’s ideas about museums in historic buildings continue to be felt, says Calum Storrie.

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