Museum for a Dead Book
86112: Heterotopia

Along with the corpus of literature and the arts, landscapes and buildings constitute our most important externalizations of memory.  We understand and remember who we are primarily through our settings and constructions, both material and mental.  We also judge alien and past cultures largely through the evidence provided by the architectural structures that they have erected and left behind.

The “dead book” is a mnemonic device.  A reminder.  A symbol of our collective memory.  Books are the manifestation of human knowledge.  Future libraries may well be mausolea as all the books could potentially be stored digitally in a cloud, not in physical form.  Libraries may well become imaginary or mythical structures.  “The orators of antiquity used imaginary architectural structures as mnemonic devices.”  So why not a mausoleum?  Why not the very architectural structure designed and devised to make us remember.  In the case of this project to remember in anticipation of what we may very well loose (open space, our memory of the site, its history, part of our culture).

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.