Author's note: Museum Piece is a work of fictocriticism, which is usually considered more of an
academic than traditional, commercially marketable narrative, genre. Museum piece
demonstrates innovative creative writing research in practice, including the fusion of
personal memoir, fiction, historical non-fiction, literary criticism and post-colonial
theory integrated within a corpus of architectural writing to create a commercially
publishable, novel-length work of fictocriticism.
Author's note: Museum Piece arises from my long term 'love affair' with the Old Queensland
Museum. My creative response was triggered by a journal article claiming 'a
psychoanalysis of architecture might be possible ... that would reveal, by implication,
and reflection, its relationship to its subjects' (Eran 2010: 31).
Epigraph: When a thing is old, broken, and useless we throw it on the dust heap, but when it is
sufficiently old, sufficiently broken, and sufficiently useless we give money for it, put it
into a museum, and read papers over it which people come from long distances to hear.
By-and-by, when the whirligig of time has brought on another revenge, the museum
itself becomes a dust-heap, and remains so till after long ages it is rediscovered, and
valued as belonging to a neo-rubbish age - containing, perhaps, traces of a still older
paleo-rubbish civilisation. So when people are old, indigent, and in all respects
incapable, we hold them to even greater contempt as their poverty and impotence
increase, till they reach the pitch where they are actually at the point to die, whereon
they become sublime.
Butler, Samuel 1970  Essays on Life, Art and Science, Port Washington, Kennikat