institute of wartime innovation


Innovation is at its foundation grounded in destruction, in order to create something new one must first take apart the old. And there is no other form that has brought greater innovations and technological leaps than war.

The world wars gave rise to the development of modern medicine through the discovery of new drugs such as penicillin and better surgery equipment, the constant demand for better weaponry and equipment gave birth to innovations such as the radar, pressurized aircraft cabins, synthetic rubber and oil, jet engines, nuclear power and not to forget the first computer. In war-time there is no need for an invention to be economically viable, it is created because there is a essential need to be better than your enemy. War may not be the mother of invention, but it is certainly a hothouse of innovation.

In modern times however, we find ourselves fighting many wars, some real some metaphorical. For instance we have the capitalist war on competition, where one must destroy its competition by making product after product ‘‘better’’ than the other. We have the war on disease, medical research to destroy cancer, HIV, and all other enemies of the human body. These are some examples. There can be no destruction without reconstruction much like we cannot create without destroying something first, and it is the aim of the institute of destruction to create a space where the innovations that shaped the battlefields, saved the wounded, fueled the machines of destruction can be displayed as what they gave back to society and how they shaped the modern lives we have now.

The museums agenda is to create temporary and permanent exhibition spaces displaying innovations of destruction form a broad spectrum of disciplines that are now being used to reconstruct society. In addition the museum aims at creating teaching spaces and places where debates and discussions can take place.