Walter Benjamin on record collecting

“The collector is the true resident of the interior.  He makes his concern the transfiguration of things.  To him falls the Sisyphean task of divesting things of their commodity character by taking possession of them.  But he bestows on them only connoisseur value, rather than use value.  The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one — one in which, to be sure, human beings are no better provided with what they need than in the everyday world, but in which things are freed from the drudgery of being useful.”

– Walter  Benjamin, The work of art in the age of it’s technological reproducibility.  p. 104

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