In an attempt to recreate the past we create the illusion that we control our present. And therefor future. Whereas in reality it is a rather dark view of an irrevocably damaged nature born out of a human longing to find meaning with and within the natural world. It is a way of staving off the inevitable, of holding onto the past. Nowhere is this more poignant than in the museum of Natural History in Aralsk, a former Soviet fishing port. The poor state of the museum is in a rather curious way a fitting reflection of the ecological disaster that has troubled this region for the past five decades.