Over the last forty years of his life, André Malraux would assemble, disassemble, and reassemble montages of photographic reproductions to create Le Musée imaginaire. Malraux’s idea of an imaginary museum, a “museum without walls” is a prescient manifesto of the digital age that enacts the displacement of the physical art object and the museum by photographic reproduction. His privileging of curatorial over artistic production is a first instance of explicitly locating the creative act in the process of assembling, grouping, and displaying works of work. source
The Disintegration Loops is based on Basinski’s attempts to salvage earlier recordings made on magnetic tape by transferring them into digital format. However, the tape had deteriorated to the point that as it passed by the tape head the ferrite detached from the plastic backing and fell off.
"The past is hidden in some outside realm beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) of which we have no inkling. And it depends on chance whether or not we come upon this object before we ourselves die."