What is the M{ }esum ? A phantom museum, a pataphysical institution, a conceptual space or an actual destination. Real or imagined? Perhaps all of those. It may be that artist Löwendahl-Atomic conjured up the M{ }esum out of its own collection, for the M{ }esum specialise in n∅bjects, Löwendahl-Atomics term for,  things that are lost, missing or un-realised.

The M{ }esum then, could be described as a Museum of Absence, but whereas museums normally tell stories via the objects they have in their collection, Löwendahl-Atomic engage in collecting, not as to assemble objects, but as a continuous act that makes absence visible.

The project is on-going, a floating narrative which evolve over time, and comes to light (or not) through an amalgamation of various connecting and overlapping elements (texts, art-works, archives, exhibitions, events, art-fair and visitor participation).

The M{ }esum operate both as a mental and a physical space. The elusive M{ }esum (beyond reach), and its wing, The Muesum (which zero in on being open to the public). Both exist in the absence of each other. Together they equal the s{ }m of everything and nothing.

The M{ }esum was founded/discovered/created by Löwendahl-Atomic in 2009. It embody a series of paradoxes and oscillate/interweave between the manifest and metaphysical, between the hole and the whole, between accomplishment and failure, between loss and gain and between truth and fiction.

 

 


TEXT

THE M{ }ESUM

The foreignness of what you no longer are, no longer possess, or haven’t 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 universal depository for all our lost, objects, ideals, selves, relationships, relatives, utopias, pens, lighters, memories, work, potential, directions, braincells and unrealised possibilities. The M{ }esum is bigger than you can imagine and 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 lost or unrealised can enter the M{ }esum.

However, do not be fooled into thinking that the M{ }esum is a fictive M{ }esum, 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, is the world’s largest and most significant M{ }esum to specialise above all in absence, loss and unrealised possibilities, known as n∅bjects*.

 ITS COLLECTIONS

The M{ }esum, is widely considered to be the world’s greatest Muesum of lost history, science, heritage, culture, and other branches of knowledge. 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, unfinished 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, undiscovered, worthless and obscure. From the personal to the collective. the M{ }esumcontains uncountable sets of n∅bjects*, many unknown, it is thus impossible to determine the collection’s size with any certainty, nonetheless, since the the M{ }esum specialises in absence, in theory the  collection is always complete, even when parts are missing.

DIRECTION

The exact location of The M{ }esum is debated though it is generally believed that The M{ }esum resides within itself. Others argue that The M{ }esum exists only as a myth or a rumour, for by definition it is out of reach. (See the ‘muesum paradox’) Yet details of sightings and possible M{ }esum portals have been recorded in various places such as Stockholm, Athens, London and Prague with most sightings in Berlin, where for the convenience of The M{ }esum visitor a physical manifestation of The M{ }esum, the public wing, first opened its doors on november the 5th. 2011

 

 


T H E  P U B L I C  W I N G - P A S T 

The Muesum Berlin was originally located at Jonas Strasse, a dark little street in Neukölln where it was active until August 2013. 

Here you could find the artist Löwendahl-Atomic, meticulously cataloging n∅bjects into the Muesum Archive , 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.

 

The Muesum Berlin was dedicated to Muesology and provided an insight into the many facets of the M{ }esum through permanent and rotating exhibits and events. It was also home to the 'Department of Explanations and Other Questions', the Muesum Archive, and a growing collection of muesum fragments which include hundreds of 'otohpgraphs'.

Over the years, the Muesum Berlin presented a number of important touring exhibitions for muesum visitors in the form of pop ups, art-fair participation, and the Portable Muesum. It also played host to several cultural programs, including concerts, lectures, readings and salons, as well as the occasional Muesum Disco and VLP Bar.

 

COMING SOON!

The public wing of the M{ }esum, The Muesum, is soon to be opened at a secret location in Berlin.

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