Yesterday's Future J. Scriba

How did you get here?

I can still feel the weight of the Nokia 2110 in my pocket. Now, I find my trusted companion lying in the crypt, an ugly tag tied around the case: Inv.-No. 2001-797, some basic data, dimensions and weight. His old rival from Motorola is here, too, inventory number 2001-1042, and his Siemens buddies are close by. The tags remind me of the mortuaries I know from TV, the fluorescent lights might just as well illuminate a refrigerated warehouse.
But after all, this mobile was spared the dump – the inventory tag marks it as privileged: its bearer is in a process of transformation from being an implement of daily use to the status of a historical witness.
There’s no way to estimate how long this period may stretch. Around one thousand objects are committed to storage every year, but the major exhibitions are updated only every 20 years or so. As a consequence, the 15 000 showpieces marveled at by visitors rest on a foundation of about 70 000 invisible exhibits.