Friday, July 11, 2008

Public Collectors and a Collector of Privates

Public Collectors is an extremely rad project organized by Chicago based artist Marc Fischer, who is also known as one-third of Temporary Services, which is also extremely rad.

But back to Public Collectors - the website says "Public Collectors consists of informal agreements where collectors allow the contents of their collection to be published and permit those who are curious to directly experience the objects in person. Participants must be willing to type up an inventory of their collection, provide a means of contact and share their collection with the public. Collectors can be based in any geographic location."

So, for example, if you're going to be in the Chicago area you can email Marc Fischer and make arrangements to go to his home and listen to his record collection or view his collection of adult comics from Mexico. Or you can peruse the website and check out digital collections of Documentation of Music Underground, Before the Internet, Documentation of People Documenting Anti-War Protesters, or Documentation of Face Painting Options in Mexico City, etc.

In other collection news, apparently Napoleon's not-so-well preserved gentleman part is in New Jersey. This video follows Tony Perrottet, author of Napoleon's Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped, as he travels to New Jersey to see the historic object for himself. Evidently it is in the collection of the late New Jersey urologist Dr. John Lattimer, who, according to his daughter, bought the famous privates to "lend dignity" to the profession of urology.

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