museum,

as a verb or abstract noun, refers to the proper way of maintaining and presenting public valuables; the historical “museum” — a massive, often indiscriminate storage and exhibition establishment — has largely dissolved but museum as an idea and ideal spilled over, saturated the world: old, new, grounded, flying, most Earth structures hold — and many are — museumed artifacts. Rare is a spot of land that isnt in some sense, aspect, dimension a museum — and a garden: many neologisms have been coined for the characteristic modern blend of gardening and museuming. ■    Since the cleanup battles, the sense of what on Earth deserves eternalizing has rebounded, with civic archeology appropriating whole new domains. Artificia sub terra (mapped, imaged, frozen by penetrative agencies), geology and biology exhibits in situ, protective housings around old spacecraft in their orbits, archives and memorials at homes, multimodal historic parks from tiny corners to entire provinces peopled by revivalist fandoms, virtual overlays — thousands of layers in cities — that transform a locality into a historic museum or fantasy world: in a fractalized society with desequentialized time (“life relativity,” “no universal timeline anymore”) the notion of a museum is understandably fuzzy — but still central (“museum cult”).  ■    An artifact is properly museumed when its published, indexed, cared for by a known individual or collective keeper; orphaning/adopting of artificia is emotionally charged enough to become a fiction cliche. Museums are not regulable, each museum is simply its keeper; to publish something or take up keepers duty, all you need is willingness to enlove your find (“otherwise leave it to someone who can”: just as true for anything, museum or not, that you “pick up in the world”). There are assumed obligations as to restoration, preservation, documenting, plus you must provide reasonable public access (a button on the back if nothing else); by consensus, however, some exhibits can be left in a dissolving state while they last (rusts) or even subjected to forced disposal — “an inseparable flip side of eternization.”

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