The Canadian Automotive Museum

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Introduction Cars have been a primary means of transportation for many people for a long time. Similarly, Oshawa has been a part of the GM family for a long time, from factories to dealerships. For my materiality assignment I will be looking at the Canadian Automotive Museum that is located in downtown Oshawa. Before the Museum took over in the 1960’s, the building was home to a dealership and created in 1921 (‘Canadian Automotive Museum - History’, n.d.). Interestingly for me, in 1924 Ontario Motor Sales – another GM car dealership, operated within the same building. After a few years OMS left their Simcoe office and relocated down Bond Street, still in Oshawa. This company is actually where I got my current car from, a 2014 Chevy Cruze…show more content…
Materiality When examining the Canadian Automotive Museum, just looking at the building gives one the feeling of history and culture. As cars have increased in popularity over the years, they have become a part of culture. Popular culture does not need to be anything intangible, it can be a piece of tangible material, like cars. In this section I will discuss the materially of culture from the car’s inside the museum through a theoretical framework, as well as the objects cultural construction. The Canadian Automotive Museum is best thought about through the actor-network theory, of popular culture. This theory is about people acting with material objects and the objects interacting with each other (Storey, 2015, p.226). It purpose is to help better understand the nature of the culture within the museum through the arrangement of the material objects (p. 226). The cars presented are each their own actor and interactions between actors, always take place in networks. To understand one actor (car), a viewer must see it in relation to another (car) (p.226). This abundance of cars, is a network. The network in this case, is the collection of cars. Networks are always performed, in this instance, how all the cars are placed specifically in a certain spot between each other (p. 226). Networks also have humans and non-humans interacting within, which again, in this case is the exhibit. How a car performs in the
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