A WORLD FOR THE WONDERFULLY CURIOUS
You may be familiar with cabinets of curiosities, or wunderkammer (‘room of wonder’) as they are called in German; collections of oddly arranged specimens ranging from objects created by nature to humanmade artefacts.
These collections of wonders were shaped by curiosity and a combined interest in science, humanism and ideas of magic. The objects were rarely labelled, and part of the purpose was to spark reflection, wonder, and conversation. Each object within a cabinet of curiosities tells a story of its own while also connecting to a larger worldview, revealing secrets of the world.
During this time of worry and extreme uncertainty, when many of us are spending most of our time – if not all of it – at home, we may find ourselves struggling to keep our minds stimulated or distracted. So, to add some content and purpose to this time of self-isolation, I would like to invite you to explore your home from the perspective of a storyteller. I want to create a cabinet of curiosities together with you; a collection of everyday wonders found from the comfort of our own homes.
Let yourself be led by curiosity and nostalgia and become an explorer of your own home - your ceiling is the limit. Take a photo of the object/s you find and send them to email@example.com along with a brief caption (no more than 50 words per image). Please also include your location and the signature you wish to use (this could be your first name, full name, or social media handle). If your image features an object or artwork made by someone else, please include credits.
I will then create an online cabinet of curiosities displaying these everyday wonders, hopefully from all around the world, and publish it here.
A small collection of precious moments. Champagne with mum, summer prosecco with a dear friend, celebrating a new flat...
A syringe that was part of a Halloween themed ice cream I got at Soft Serve Society in Shoreditch two years ago. I didn’t want to throw it away, so I kept it thinking it might be useful one day...
An oyster shell with a pebble attached to it, found on a beach in Whitstable. After doing some research, I have concluded that this must be the object the oyster first settled on (called cultch) during its larval stage.
You can do this activity alone or with your family. You can do it only once or you can do it as many times as you like. Themes that you can consider when exploring your home are: objects of the natural world, art and artefacts, ethnography and history, and science.
By sending me your photos you give me permission to publish them here and on my official social media channels. I may edit these photos slightly to enhance the image quality, if needed, and add a soft vignette. I reserve the right not to post images if I find the content or theme unsuitable to publish. Images, captions, or contact information will not be shared with any third parties without your written consent. Should I in the future wish to publish this collection of curiosities on further platforms or media I will contact you individually for consent.
Let's explore the wonders of the worlds that exist within our own homes. Who knows what we might discover?!
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