The M{ }esum

The foreignness of what you no longer are, no longer possess or have not yet become, lies in wait at the M{ }esum. What the M{ }esum, in fact, is, we may never know. It can in many ways be seen as an abstract museum for all our lost things, history, artifacts, knowledge, selves, relationships, plans, memories, work, directions, opportunities and alternative futures. The M{ }esum is bigger than you can imagine, yet it takes up no space. With a collection that is simultaneously intangible and forever expanding most of it remains hidden, the specifics irretrievable. For only that which is missing, undone or unknown to us can enter the M{ }esum. However, do not be fooled into thinking that the M{ }esum is a fictive space, or some kind of philosophical or esoteric joke, for the M{ }esum, despite science’s or archaeology’s inability to prove its existence, is not mere abstractions or conceptual titillations. Rather the M{ }esum, one of its kind, could be described as the world’s largest and most significant museum to specialize above all, in lost things and the presence of absence, known as n∅bjects*.

 

T H E   C O L L E C T I O N

The diverse and manifold M{ }esum collection include n∅bjects* dating from ancient times to the present day, and beyond, in virtually every category. From missing masterpieces to the unpublished, undiscovered, and undone. From the burned down Great Library of Alexandria to your lost socks. From the historic, celebrated, far-reaching and consequential to the forgotten, undocumented, worthless and obscure, the M{ }esum contains uncountable sets of n∅bjects*, many unknown. Unlike most museums, the M{ }esum does not divide itself into departments devoted to specific mediums or eras, rather, the collection is conceived as an integrated (w)hole linking two parts, the ‘known lost’ and the ‘lost lost’, it is thus impossible to determine the collection’s size with any certainty, nonetheless, since the M{ }esum specialises in lost things and absence, in theory, the collection is always complete, even when parts are missing, furthermore the M{ }esum is always on the brink of becoming part of its own collection.

 

 

D I R E C T I O N S

If You can't find it, you are already here.

The exact location of the M{ }esum is debated. It is possible that the M{ }esum is concealed from view on another plane beyond the threshold of perception on the utmost reaches of space and time, perhaps as a circulating energy in constant movement on a frequency hidden to us. Or it could be that the M{ }esum resides within itself, an unmapped space within a space unmapped, Terra incognita. Others argue that the M{ }esum  is nothing but a curious tale that it exists only as a myth, a fantasy or a rumour.  Yet details of sightings and possible M{ }esum portals have been recorded at different locations, from Athens to Berlin, where you may find artist Löwendahl-Atomic, meticulously cataloguing n∅bjects into the M{ }esum Archive, or lovingly tending to your lost hats and scarves, to your lost trust in political systems, to the memory of a body,  to your old ego,  to your numerous lost telephones, to your future plans, to your lost cause, to your unfulfilled desires and to the answers that you never received.

 

 

 

 

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