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New Media
MAREK WALCZAK AND MARTIN WATTENBERG'S
WONDERWALKER: THE GLOBAL ONLINE WUNDERKAMMER


www.walkerart.org/gallery9/wunderkammer/



In the 17th century, the wunderkammer (wonder chamber) was a true cabinet of curiosities. Collectors used it to hold a diverse array of objects that had aroused their curiosity and wonder. Media historian Friedrich Kittler has argued that in an age of classification and specialization, sometimes with entire museums devoted to sharks' teeth or Jimi Hendrix's guitar, "what has to be done is the reprise of the wonder chambers. . . . Under today's high-tech conditions, we have no choice but to start such an archive or endorse millions of anonymous ways of dying." In this digital update, the artists are working with Rick Rinehart and Brett Stalbaum and their students at the University of California, Berkeley, and Cogswell Polytechnical College, Sunnyvale, to create a unique, interactive interface to an open-source online wunderkammer. Anyone can collect an "Internet object" and add it to the Wunderkammer, providing their own explanation of curious connectivity. Come add your own favorites or simply browse and be amazed.


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