Archaeology of the future - 3790 A.D. Memoire pour le future Archaeology of the future - 3790 A.D. Memoire pour le future
Archaeology of the future - 3790 A.D. Memoire pour le future
Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel, Bildarchiv


28. June 1997 – 2. November 1997

3790 ACE Memoire pour le future

An Art Project by And With Raymond E. Waydelich

"Memoire pour le futur – Memoria – Memories for the future" by and with the Alsatian action artist Raymond E. Waydelich.

With the friendly support of "Die Galerie", Frankfurt am Main

Memory as an interface between past and future is the conceptual center of the art project, which the action artist Raymond E. Waydelich stages with the support of the "Galerie" Frankfurt in the Museum for Sepulchral Culture in Kassel.

And so, it is not surprising that he even developed the idea of anticipating it by creating a work for human beings in the year 3790 ACE, preserving the ingredients of our age of technology and consumption and sinking them in a concrete vault in the heart of Strasbourg, on the 'Place du Chateau in the shadow of the cathedral' in 1995. These are waiting to be discovered in the third millennium after Christ.

The aim of the project in Kassel during the documenta is to animate people to deliver very personal messages to the distant future. For this purpose, lockable so-called Memoria Capsules were able to be purchased at the Museum for Sepulchral Culture. One of the 3790 capsules costs 100,- DM plus shipping costs. The ownership certificate created and signed by Raymond E. Waydelich confirms the participation in the art project. Firmly sealed, the personal messages remain anonymous to contemporaries. The capsules will be collected in the museum on September 14, 1997 (starting at 11:30 a.m.) and then be lowered into the Lutherplatz, formerly the Old Town Cemetery, in the caveau pour le futur, in a sarcophagus grave.

In an accompanying exhibition, Waydelich humorously shows objects of our present day, which he himself artificially alienated, as they would have been discovered by future archaeologists in 3790 ACE and could be excavated, deciphered and interpreted as relics of our time.


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