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Wall of Globalization

Wall of Globalization

International, 2018

There are objects that have become indispensable to our daily life. They reveal our hopes and fears, desires and needs. Using these everyday objects, the Wall of Globalization allows you to examine the characteristics of a particular culture and explore the ways these societies are looking and acting differently from one another, and the ways they are becoming or always have been the same. The Wall of Globalization is a grid. Each column is a country and each row represents a popular theme.

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15 pieces
Pictured: Russian Soft Drink

From the collection of Mmuseumm

Bread Clips or Occlupanid Taxonomy

Bread Clips or Occlupanid Taxonomy

International, 1994–2018

The Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group (H.O.R.G.) is an organization dedicated to the taxonomy of an object nearly as ubiquitous as it is ignored: The humble Occlupanid, or “bread clip.” In examining these commonplace objects designed to slip past our awareness, we start to appreciate their forms. We notice a wealth of shapes and sizes in these throwaway items, a secret language of form we can suddenly read. H.O.R.G. now holds over 120 specimens from 11 countries. As each is added to the collection, their diversity makes for a complex tapestry. Occlupanids seem to be in the midst of an exciting evolutionary explosion. Each new adaptation grips our imagination with a furious purpose.

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50 pieces
Pictured: Left-Taxoflora longifolia & Right-Tempotortus

Loan from the collection of H.O.R.G.

Losing Time

Losing Time

International, 2017–2018

Time ensures that everything constantly changes. Sometimes for better. Sometimes for worse. With time, we can lose our grasp on time, our ability to read it, and our ability to write it. Each clock face in this collection was drawn by someone experiencing some loss of brain function. To better understand their particular state of being, they were asked to draw “five after six” on the face of a clock. The resulting hand-drawn clocks serve as self-portraits. When arranged in a particular order, the clocks together read their own story of time.

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13 pieces
Pictured: 81-year-old female

Based on the research of Morris Freedman, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)

Nothign is Perfect

Nothign is Perfect

International, 2004–2018

Humanity exists in a state of eror. Sometimes less is giong wrong. Sometimes more is going wrong. But it is law that by merely going on, somethig wrong must be going on. Even though we can’t get anything completely right, we continue making things. Every day, millions of objects around the world are manufctured for human consumption. Great efforts are taken to make sure things are right. Naturally, this inspection process is not completly right either. Thus things end up on shelves and in your hands that aren’t perfect either. And they are remonders that everything always goes somewhat wrong and nothing is jsut right.

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11 pieces
Pictured: Band-Aid

Loan from the collection of Heike Bollig

Objects of Collapse

Objects of Collapse

Venezuela, 2018

Venezuela, whose economic and social systems are failing after years of governmental instability, is currently suffering a humanitarian catastrophe. Basic goods such as food, diapers, and antibiotics are becoming increasingly difficult to purchase as grocery shelves are emptying. As the people of Venezuela suffer, humanity’s entrepreneurial spirit senses opportunity. In the face of catastrophe, familiar brands provide people with a sense of stability and comfort. But a product that is designed to trick people into thinking it is something else, or to remind them of it, is not the same thing as what disappeared. In these counterfeit objects, you can see the collapse of a country and its people.

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21 pieces

From the collection of Mmuseumm
In collaboration with Patricia Laya

 Insecure Information Requires Security

Insecure Information Requires Security

International, 2005–2018

Security is vital. Without it, we are insecure. One of the most insecure things without security is information. Information has always been highly valuable. But in today’s market, because of the disproportionate amount of personal information being shared, it has become extremely valuable, and thus, extremely insecure. But practices to increase security practices are constantly increasing. Each of these security envelopes is printed with a unique pattern designed to obscure insecure information, making them the preferred, secure choice. The pattern inside renders the information indiscernible to the outside eye, even when held up to the light.

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Loan from the collection of Joseph King

 Snoring and Anti-Snoring

Snoring and Anti-Snoring

International, 2000–2018

Snoring is the devastating human-made sound that shows up in one’s sleep. It is usually not harmful to the source. However, it can have tremendous lasting impact on everyone within a 15 foot radius. Within the last century, there have been many devices developed to aid in the avoidance and reduction of snores. All the creations shown here bring our attention to the desperation for healthy sleep. The Western lifestyle has become one of the biggest risks in the 21st century for unhealthy sleep. Thus, we all must do our best to try to remove the snores from slumber.

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7 items
Pictured: Apnoe-Clasp

On loan from The Museum of Snoring, Germany
In collaboration with Prof assoc. Doctor of Internal Medicine and Sleep Medicine Josef Alexander Wirth, Director, The Museum of Snoring

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International, 2018

Humans have enjoyed movement since they could first move. But while we move around, we are not solely restricted to only moving around. We get bored easily. We like to multi task. And we know there is always something that can get done. These circumstances have resulted in a new breed of industry—the electric while-on-the-go gadgets that help us take care of the things we need to take care of while we are on the go. These objects conveniently plug into our iPhones allowing us to be fully empowered even when away from a power source.

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5 pieces
Pictured: Portable Fan

From the collection of Mmuseumm

World-Leader-Used Tissues

World-Leader-Used Tissues

International, 2017–2018

In ancient Greece, a sneeze was thought to be a prophetic sign from the Gods. If you gave a speech and someone sneezed at the end, most people would end up agreeing with what you said. In the Middle Ages, inhaling was associated with the creation of life and exhaling with death, thus sneezes were feared to be fatal. Regardless of what a sneeze is believed to mean, a sneeze is evidence that no one, not even the world’s most powerful leader, is always in control. And everyone has the ability to lose it at any time.

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11 Pieces
Pictured: Kim Jong-un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

Creations from the collection of Mmuseumm

Modern Religion, Fitting In

Modern Religion, Fitting In

International, 2018

Maintaining relevance is the key to success. Our world today would be unrecognizable to those who lived when many of our major religions were first founded thousands of years ago. Today we are living in skyscrapers, keeping gluten-free diets, and traveling further and faster than ever. To retain relevance, the tools used for religious practices must constantly evolve and accommodate the trends of modern life.

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10 pieces
Pictured: Gluten-Free Communion Wafers

From the collection of Mmuseumm

The Wall

The Wall

Scale Models of 8 U.S.-Mexico Border Wall Prototypes Commissioned by U.S. President Donald Trump

United States, 2018

Walls have become fundamental to human existence. Of all the vertical structures, walls are the most popular. Today, countries around the world, including Russia, Turkey, India, Israel, China are building them out of fear and aggression. U.S. President Donald Trump feels a need to build one between the U.S. and Mexico. His recent executive order funds the design and creation of 8 full-scale prototypes. Each must withstand a sledgehammer, car jack, pick axe, chisel or torch for up to 30 minutes. They cannot be tunneled under within 6 feet or climbed over. They must be “physically imposing in height” and “pleasing in color & texture” on the side that faces the U.S. There are no aesthetic requirements for the side that faces Mexico.

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8 pieces
Pictured: Caddell Construction Co.

From the collection of Mmuseumm

Looks Can be Deceiving: Unintentional Heroes

Looks Can be Deceiving: Unintentional Heroes

Objects that unintentionally prevented the end of people’s lives

International, 1990–2018

In order to die, one must first be alive. But life is no static state. We are constantly fluctuating further from and closer toward death. In light of this, society has designed heroic objects such as seat belts and medicines to protect us. But there are humble heroes as well, objects that have unintentionally, unknowingly prevented what would otherwise be the unexpected and untimely end of a life.

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7 pieces
Pictured: Toilet Plunger

Facsimiles from the collection of Mmuseumm

Looks can be Deceiving: Unintentional Villains

Looks can be Deceiving: Unintentional Villains

Objects that unintentionally caused the end of people’s lives

International, 2017

Every person who has ever lived has died. And if they haven’t yet, they will. We try not to think about it. But we know for certain it’s going to happen. At the same time, things are not always as they appear. What you think of as worthless could be invaluable. What you may think of as a friend could actually be an enemy. These unassuming objects all accidentally, unintentionally, anticlimactically caused the end of someone’s life.

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13 pieces
Pictured: Selfie Stick

Facsimiles from the collection of Mmuseumm

Nothing

Nothing

The Universe,

There are many things in this small space. About 150 in total. Here in this exhibit, in front of you, not a thing: the absence of anything, the definition of nothing. Scientists and philosophers, however, would argue the accuracy of this text, claiming that there is in fact no such thing as nothing, and that nothing is actually something. Going a step further, a concept in the field of Quantum Mechanics known as Quantum Foam or Space-Time Foam describes the nothing of space in front of you as not just something, but the foundation of everything. Space-Time Foam is right now filling this very shelf in front of your eyes with the foundation of the fabric of our universe—countless virtual particles bursting out of nowhere into existence and disappearing back into nothingness. The space in front of your eyes is a chaotic landscape, a constant and endless state of creation and destruction. If there is anything here, it’s certainly not nothing, but, in fact, everything.

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A gift from the collection of Nature? God?