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Indeed, a museal sensibility seems to be occupying ever larger chunks of everyday culture and experience. If you think of the historicizing restoration of old urban centers, whole museum villages and landscapes, the boom of flea markets, retro fashions, and nostalgia waves, the obsessive self-musealisation per video recorder, memoir writing and confessional literature, and if you add to that the electronic totalisation of the world on data banks, then the museum can indeed no longer be described as a single institution with stable and well drawn boundaries. The museum in this broad amorphous sense has become a key paradigm of contemporary cultural activity.

 

(Andreas Huyssen: Escape from Amnesia: The Museum as Mass Medium. / Twilight Memories: Marking Time in a Culture of Amnesia. New York & London: Routledge, 1995, p.14.)


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