Mmuseumm 1, Season 5

Mmuseumm 1, Season 5

ISIS Currency

The Fake U.S Fast Food Franchises of Iran

Personal Objects of Immigration

Donald Trump: The Message is the Medium

The Life of Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats

Lineage of the Body Bottle

Corcraft Products

The Cornflake Taxonomy

2015: A Year in Cookies

Objects Designed for the Blind

The Last Text Message Received

Nothing

Embalming Accessories

Not Bombs

Permanent Collection

ISIS Currency

ISIS Currency

Iraq and Syria, 2016

Creating a currency is a popular way of legitimizing a government. Having generated hundreds of millions of dollars by selling oil on the black market, ransoming hostages, and turning stolen artifacts for profit, the jihadist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now claims to be launching its own currency in an effort to escape the “satanic usury-based global economic system.”

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7 pieces
Pictured: 5 Dinars ($694 USD)

Reproductions from the collection of Mmuseumm

Fake American Fast Food Franchises of Iran

Fake American Fast Food Franchises of Iran

Binding Appetites
Iran, 2016

US-imposed sanctions on Iran have left its people without genuine American fast food. In response, local entrepreneurs have opened their own fake franchises. You cannot visit an Iranian McDonald’s or Starbucks, but you can go to McMashallah (“McGod has willed it”) or Raees Coffee. These franchises are a testament to the creativity, similarities and appetites that bind humans, even when disagreements and differences between their governments are strong.

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9 pieces
Pictured: SUPER STAR Happy Meal

From the collection of Holly Dagres

Personal Items of Immigration

Personal Items of Immigration

Lost in the Arizona Desert
Mexico-US Border, 2016

These objects can represent the danger, courage, and hour-by-hour struggles of some of the thousands of men, women, and children trekking across the Arizona desert from Mexico, over the border into the United States. Or an opponent of illegal immigration might see nothing but crime-scene evidence. No matter how they are viewed, these possessions were left behind as individuals attempted to make their way through a deadly corridor.

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33 pieces
Pictured: Rolled Blanket

From the collection of Deborah McCollough

The Message is the Medium

The Message is the Medium

Donald Trump as his Merchandise
United States, 2016

Donald Trump, the American politician, spokesman, self-help author, luxury brand, real estate heir, reality television star, and celebrity spokesman, is what he sells. An examination of the colognes, energy drinks, liquors, balls, cufflinks, casinos, airlines and games that bear his name, and a close look at their design, substance and backstories, provide insight into the man himself.

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15 pieces
Pictured: Success by Trump Cologne

From the collection of Max Abelson

The Cornflake Taxonomy

The Cornflake Taxonomy

United Kingdom, 2012-2016

Millions of randomly shaped cornflakes are created by the minute through an automated process of cooking, drying and flaking. As a lepidopterist identifies species of butterfly, the cornflake collector examines specimens, but here they carry no obvious biological context. Through an indexing system, each example is categorized by brand, size, color, texture, geometry, contortion and twinning, revealing the essential nature and origin of the primal Cornflake.

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22 pieces
Pictured: K0.000000

From the collection of Anne Griffiths

Not Bombs

Not Bombs

Suspicious Items
The World, 2015-2016

Sometimes you don’t know until you know. And certain things, people really want to know. Whether something is a bomb or not is one of those things. These objects, including a Taco Bell wrapper covered with duct tape, a dildo with an LED light, a rock, and a stuffed toy pony, required bomb squads to determine they were not bombs.

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9 pieces
Pictured: Large Rock

Reproductions from news stories, from the collection of Mmuseumm

Lineage of the Body Bottle

Lineage of the Body Bottle

The World, 1937 - Present

All body and no brain, the sculpted torso is an undeniable sex symbol. It is a human form stripped of individual identity and reduced to its erotic essentials. Yet each iteration, from Ex Machina to the Louvre’s Winged Victory of Samothrace, carries the legacy of classical antiquity. Shocking, Elsa Schiaparelli’s best known fragrance, served as the model for a new trajectory of the classical torso, inspiring countless homages, impressions, and knockoffs.

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20 pieces
Pictured: Hot Men Gold

From the collection of Sally Thurer

2015: Year in Review

2015: Year in Review

In Cookies
The World, 2015

Every year, things happen. This has been true since the beginning of time. At one point in history, which confectionary historians believe to be around the 7th century, the cookie was invented. Further along, a way of recording 12 months of recent history known as The Year in Review emerged. This review of 2015 is delivered in cookie form, depicting some major and minor events that took place around the world.

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12 pieces
Pictured: Global Warming is going mainstream

Designed and baked by Evan Maddalena

Corcraft Products

Corcraft Products

Manufacturing from within Prison
New York State Prisons, 2016

Work means different things to different people. Some love it. Some hate it. Many of the approximately 75,000 prisoners in New York State are required to work a six-hour day five days a week, earning on average $1 per day. These four items were made by workers at Corecraft Products, an inmate-operated manufacturing company with 17 manufacturing plants in prisons across New York State.

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4 pieces
Pictured: Corcraft Underwear

From the collection of Mmuseumm

Designing for the Blind

Designing for the Blind

Redirected Sensory Information
United States, 2016

Everything is relative. To accommodate variations in the strengths and weaknesses of our senses, everyday items are redesigned to translate one sensory language into another. To enable greater independence for people with weak eyesight, these objects translate visual information into touch and sound.

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11 pieces
Pictured: Money Brailler

From the collection of Mmuseumm

Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats

Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats

Inventing from the Edge of Death
Japan, 1928 - Present

With over 3,000 patents, Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats, 88, is one of history’s most prolific inventors. Because NakaMats believes that oxygen deprivation creates the ideal environment for epiphany, he dives underwater and holds his breath until he is .5 seconds from death, when he is able to imagine new inventions. On this shelf are some of those discoveries, as well as his personal items.

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17 pieces
Pictured: Floppy Disc (Invented by Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats)

From the collection of Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats

Nothing

Nothing

Which of Course is More than Nothing
The Universe, ∞

It turns out nothing may in fact not just be something, but everything. An area of study known as Space-Time Foam describes the nothingness along this shelf as filled with the foundation of the fabric of our universe. The empty space is chaotic, made up of countless particles bursting into existence from nothing and imploding back into nothing, a constant and endless state of creation and destruction.

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Gift from the collection of Nature? God?

The Last Message Received

The Last Message Received

Final Texts
Various Digital Networks, 2016

In today’s digital world, where so much of human communication is done via text and email, records of our interactions often outlast relationships. These text messages are the very last ones received from friends, lovers, and family members. They serve as reminders that all things that begin must also end.

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14 pieces
Pictured: Mom ❤️

From the online collection thelastmessagereceived.tumblr.com

Embalming Accessories

Embalming Accessories

Creating a Positive Memory Picture
United States, 2016

The phrase “memory picture” refers to the lasting mental image one has of a deceased person. In order to achieve a positive memory picture, the accessories in this exhibition were designed to keep a corpse’s eyelids closed, to secure hands together, and to shut an otherwise gaping mouth. By assisting the mortician in posing the corpse and pleasantly setting features, they can provide mourners a positive memory picture.

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10 pieces
Pictured: Natural Expression Former

From the collection of Susan Merritt

Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection

In the course of our lives we find love (maybe).

We experience hate, frustration, joy, optimism, and pessimism. We come together and we fall apart.

We cause the creation of life and ensure the loss of it.

We build. And we destroy.

Within each of these de ning experiences are their materials. The details. The physical proof. The symbols of our stories, of our thoughts, our needs, our desires, our hopes, and our fears.

Through the curation and exhibition of the vernacular, Mmuseumm aims to ponder, humanize, and illustrate who we are and the world we are living in.

We call this form of curation Object Journalism.

Keep looking.

23 pieces
Pictured: Dear Guest Placard