The other day I got an email about a future Comic Con museum. Immediately, I was intrigued. What would this museum entail, I wondered. From a quick glance, I noticed that the plan is to include various items from all sorts of popular culture like the car from Back to the Future and original comics. Fascinating. This got me thinking. While this museum focuses on many different fandoms like TV, movies, comics and more, what would a museum based on Duran Duran fandom be like.
First of all, we would need rooms dedicated to Duran Duran. I think it would be cool to have separate rooms or galleries per era. For example, the All You Need Is Now room might look like the video for AYNIN with the tinfoil like walls, It might have splashes of pink like the album cover. Inside the gallery, you can listen to all the songs featured on the album. There would also be video space to watch the videos for AYNIN and Girl Panic. Perhaps, a mini-concert venue would be created to match the stage setup with A Diamond in the Mind playing on a continuous loop. Maybe you could also watch interviews from that era along with the behind the scenes footages included in the special edition DVD. Of course, touring outfits might be displayed along with merchandise examples from that era. As soon as you stepped into the gallery, it would bring you right back to 2010 or 2011.
What else would need to be a part of the Duran Duran Fandom museum? As much as I love the idea of celebrating the band, I would also want spaces focused on the fans. Then what? One idea I had is to have a mock bedroom from 1984 with the walls covered in posters, the Reflex playing, t-shirts from the Sing Blue Silver tour hanging in the closet with teen magazines spread all around. The museum could also make it interactive so you could get a copy of a magazine to take home with you or a spot in a mock living room to watch the premiere of a video on MTV.
What elements of modern day fandom would need to be included? What about something with social media? I think about how the band had Twitter flashing on the screen before the shows in 2011 and during Tiger Tiger. Could a room allow that, too? What about having different screens capture the various kinds of social media or allow fans to be the person behind Duran’s social media for one post or tweet? Maybe there could be prizes for a museum related Tweetstake?
I have to say that it is super fun just thinking about ideas. I know that I loved the Only After Dark night in Birmingham which is a night to recreate the Rum Runner with the atmosphere of it as well as the soundtrack to it. It would be cool to have that as a permanent gallery or event connected to the museum. There definitely should a be place for fans to go clubbing with music and drinks. That is a big part of my fandom.
What about the idea of having life size pictures of the band so people can take selfies who might never get a chance in real life? How about allowing fans to buy or rent touring outfits and then getting your picture taken on a stage like a member of the band?
Should there be an introductory video with a history of the band and what they have accomplished? What about a gallery about their influences as well as who they have had an impact on? There must be a gift shop to be able to buy merchandise not only about the museum itself but also cool, unique Duran items.
I truly think that the ideas are pretty limitless. As someone with a history degree and some experience working at museums (I worked in two different ones in college) and in my college archives, I think I would be up for the challenge. I could also seek additional school, if necessary, to get another master’s in museum studies as well as seek advice from my sister who was the director of a museum for a while and my sister-in-law who was a historian at an historic site. Seriously, how cool would that be?! Heck, it would be super cool just to visit it! Maybe we should start thinking about taking a collection to get this started! Meanwhile, do share what you would love to see in a museum about Duran fandom!