Wunderkammer (n): the german word for wonder-room. A room for the peculiar, the scientific, the strange. A collection of objects that perhaps made its seventeenth century collector question the world around him/her. This room of wonder filled with the new and mysterious, was the predecessor to our contemporary museums.
The miniature version of these rooms were called Cabinets of Wonder, or Cabinets of Curiosity. They were large wooden cabinets that housed objects for easy display, including sketches of mythical animals, strange fossils embedded in stone, and uncanny specimens trapped by glass jars. These cabinets were an attempt at collecting the world.
Our modern approach is through photography. ”To collect photographs,” writes Susan Sontag, “is to collect the world.” So this blog, in turn, becomes my way of understanding the spaces I inhabit, physically, virtually, spiritually and psychologically. And this virtual platform, created for ease of display and collection of thought, is my very own cabinet of wonder.