For this reason experimental preservation now plays a crucial role in contemporary culture experimental preservationists gently frustrate and subvert illusory belief by choosing as heritage objects that have appeared too imaginary too fantastic too subjective to be understood as real heritage. Experimental preservation old things historic things smelly dirty things all the things that were considered the very opposite of contemporary have suddenly irrupted forcefully into architecture and art blurring their boundaries. He is a member of the academy of arts and sciences of puerto rico and has received awards from major art architecture and preservation organizations including the kress foundation the graham foundation the fitch foundation and the canadian center for architecture and in 2012 the unesco eminent professional award. What does preservation mean today is it simply a conservative act of attempting to freeze or return something to its original state what is original anyway can preservation be a productive creative act can preservation be experimental these questions and more were explored in a . Jorge otero palios erik langdalen thordis arrhenius eds experimental preservation zurich lars mller publishers 2016 the book introduces a controversial premise that there are indeed other ways of understanding and as their evidence suggests other ways of practicing preservation
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