Museums and Archives always exist in the present, yet their endless ‘waiting without forgetting’ locates them in our imagined past.
Our own recent past has been marked by an increasing number of new museums, mushrooming around the globe. The museum, or the idea of the museum - like a parable from the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges - has become the space to preserve our culture; the museum is the ideal destination of everything. Re-found objects from the distant, and not so distant past are restored and preserved there, new technologies compete for inclusion in museums of design and industry.
To enter the museum is to enter the past of the present, and participate in the value of things.