Existing Things 53
from the Wat Gate Khar Rnam Museum
According to Susan Stewart in On Longing, the collection is “a form of art as play”. Like other forms of art its purpose is not the restoration of context of origin but the creation of a new one. Because origin is replaced by classification, time becomes spatial and material in the service of the collected objects, giving them value. At the Wat Gate Khar Rnam Museum there is a flow and flux in which the taxonomy of the museum, the classificatory system of the collection is constantly shifting, time is measured only by dust and objects are reincarnated daily.