The Museum of Ephemerata

After news of John’s successful prospectus defense, I was feeling all nostalgic for Austin, Texas…So I was browsing The Austinist (a website about Austin) and came across a blurb on MachinesMimesis (TM), a walk-thru musical installation event at the Cathedral of Junk held late in January (click on the image for a larger view of the poster). It was presented by the curators of the Museum of Ephemerata–Scott Webel and Jen Hirt. These folks are old friends from UT (via the the Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies) and I had no idea that 1) they were still in Austin and 2) they were continuing their great work with the Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephermerata. If you have never come across their work, check it out….I noticed the following advert under current projects

The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

is currently developing our next novelty exhibition


REPRODUCING that constellation of OBJECTS heretofore known as MODERNITY!

NO CHILD SHOULD MISS the March 11, 2006, GRAND OPENING of the Machines exhibition,7-10pm at the Museum’s new facility on Austin’s east side!

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One Comment on “The Museum of Ephemerata”

  1. February 27, 2006 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks Jamie! Yes, we’re still here, and we’re having a grand opening March 11 – find out more at !
    Liked your idea of the “supercultural” practices – and we can only aspire to a supermuseumatic field of autopoetic historiography…

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