The media society of the future will not be the "global village" McLuhan dreamed of, but rather a "global city" in Aristotle's sense. Thus, the museum of the future will be a place which various cultures, religions, and ethnicities share-a place of variety, strangeness and singularity all at the same time-an intercultural heterotopia. In this future museum landscape there will be no monopoly of the modern, but rather a multiple modernity, asynchronic history and communication, all of which allow us to recognize that different peoples had different stages of development at different times, which reappear in other cultures in other times. We are thus living in a period of asynchronic cultural developments which we may not divide into "underdeveloped" and "highly developed" cultures; we are dealing instead with multiple modernity, a concept which exposes the North American/European monopoly on the modern as a colonial phantasm. The future task of the museum in this global media world will be to do just that which is required in such a world, namely, to facilitate intermediation and transfer.

The popularity of the museum today is certainly not due to its having deviated from constitutive production, namely, the production of foreignness. It is much more the case that visitors who voluntarily visit the museum on public holidays, have chosen to do so because of the unpredictability or incalculability of that institution. The museum of the future can thus be understood to be an unpredictable, incalculable, high-risk but risk-loving institution.

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