Toys "R" Us is closing. It has been destroyed by private-equity debt, by online retail, by the rise of video games, by brand devitalisation. For some it was a vulgar megastore, big-box corporatism, a "painful walk through the first stages of cultural white supremacy". For others it was full of sleevetugging frissons, a world of wonder, rich in tactile learning of the kind that the digital sphere will never replicate.
Join the Center for Experimental Humanities' newly-established Institute for Contemporary Ruins for a bittersweet pilgrimage to Toys 'R" Us in Midtown. We will wander its once-busy aisles, gaze at its depleted shelves, reflect on who and what we once were.