Dear Imaginary Journalist,
WOW! Can you see us blushing! The fact that you saw something here that triggered your curiosity really means the world to us. I mean, what better compliment is there than to have someone want to write about you? Thanks for that!
However, we respectfully ask that you refrain from publishing anything about Musée Patamécanique.
Please allow us to explain the nature of this (somewhat puckish?) request.
Back in 2006 (vulg), when the museum first (im)materialized in the public eye we welcomed inquisitive journalists like your mythical self. Numerous talented authors wrote some fabulous articles about us which were featured in publications like The Boston Globe, Art New England, Artforum International, El Pais, Huffington Post, Rhizome, Domus, Rhode Island Monthly and many others.
While this publicity was certainly well intentioned and initially very, very much appreciated – we were totally overwhelmed with the public's response! We attempted to accommodate our newly expanded audience but in the end we lost the personal connection we once had with our visitors.
Worse yet, Le Musée started to feel like an ACTUAL JOB!
So we closed our doors to the general public.
Now after years of quiet contemplation and reorganization we have resumed our public activities – but with one important caveat put in place: The museum only exists for those who are truly curious enough to seek it out.
You see, dear improbable (and most likely non existent) future journalist - the Musée Patamécanique experience only really WORKS when curious visitors DISCOVER US by themselves or hear about us through a friend who has visited in the past - as opposed to being introduced to us through the general press or mass media.
Yes we have this official website. Yes we have a Facebook page. And yes, some of our visitors have written some nice words about us and published them on websites like Atlas Obscura, Trip Advisor and other online publications aimed at those in search of Pataphysical inspiration.
Oh, our happy family of Patamechanical enthusiasts is certainly growing, but at a rate we can comfortably sustain.
The point is, dear illusory agent of the press fabricated by our supercilious selves - we LOVE sharing Musée Patamécanique with intellectually curious members of our species. But any widely distributed publication featuring the museum will most likely cause it to go underground again.
For who-knows how long.
So by all means sign yourself up for a tour! We'd be thrilled if you took the time to make an inquiry, but PLEASE promise to keep the intangible nature of our immaterial presence a secret to all but your closest personal associates.