The Innocence of Museums

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The Innocence of Museums

ANDRÉ FORGET • August 4th 2014

“Having become–with the passage of time–the anthropologist of my own experience, I have no wish to disparage those obsessive souls who bring back crockery, artifacts, and utensils from distant lands and put them on display for us, the better to understand the lives of others and our own. Nevertheless, I would caution against paying too much attention to the objects and relics…”

Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence

The first time I visited a museum was also the first time I ever saw a dead body. I have carried that association with me ever since. Not in any kind of morbid way – it is not as though I shudder when passing a museum or feel the urge to purchase an audio guide when at a funeral – it is just that the idea of the museum as a kind…

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I completed a Master of Music degree from McGill University. I am currently working towards an Artist Diploma also at McGill. I like to do philosophy as a hobby.

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