Wunderkammer submissions


Each page comprises one student's submission, and includes:
Object 1 first (image, ratings, text)
Object 2 (image, ratings, text)
Explanation of how those two objects relate.


Cam H. Nguyen

resolvable: 6
gigantic: 8
complex: 7
feminine: 3
young: 1
sticky: 1
public: 8
proprietary: 2

As I walk through the crimson barren land, I come upon a peculiar structure of massive proportions and golden grandeur. The hushed brightness of the object sends a wave of quiet awe over me, as if I had just stumbled upon something spiritual and religious in nature. I note the absence of statues of deities or other obvious iconoclastic symbols that would suggest any kind of polytheistic culture or belief system that I am aware of. The object must have been man made because nothing like this occurs in the natural world as we know it. In that aspect, the thought of the sheer human labor that was required to build this awesome structure is impressive. The pointed mass that sits on top of the structure looks like itís either fire or a seated personóit is difficult to make out. At first, I assumed that the mass is fire due to the line of smoke that rises up from it. But the thought of it being an actual person would not escape my mind. The fact that the pointed object is red in color and seems to be born from the earth (indicated by the middle crimson trail leading up the structure) gives validity to the argument that it is a person. Then I made up my mind that it is a combination of the twoóa person that was sitting in flames. From that point of view, this scene plays out to be a self-sacrifice of sorts. Relieving oneself of the physical, earthly being in order to ascend to some sort of heaven or after life is not an unheard of religious phenomenon. This massive flame on top of the structure, then, suggests a ceremonial ritual, one that perhaps belongs to a primitive culture. With this circular, ring of fire almost, and the golden passage that points toward the sky, I begin to think that this represents the passageway to another world, perhaps what we call heaven or what this primitive culture would consider an after-life of some sorts.


Cam H. Nguyen

resolvable: 4
gigantic: 8
complex: 8
feminine: 3
young: 2
sticky: 1
public: 7
proprietary: 3

A spherical object sits in a dark space, dotted by little twinkling bodies that seem to be far, far away. Half the object is illuminated from some unknown source of light and the other half sits in shadow. In sight, there seems to be a land mass of some sorts, surrounded by what looks like a body of water. Perhaps some life form does exist on this surface, whether primitive or advanced, it cannot be determined from this far a distance. The existence of a life form is not far fetched considering elements like water is present. The life form can take the shape of anything, from cellular amoebas to plant life to organisms that can think and act. The possibilities are endless. No matter, really, because a catastrophic event is happening to it at the moment. It is either the creation or destruction of the object that is taking place. The fireball explosion seems to be engulfing this sphere, which persuades me to think that we are witnessing the destruction and death of this object. We always associate fire with having the power to destroy all things, whether big or small. The brightness of the explosion indicates the power and sheer magnitude of the fire. Makes me wonder, how long was it in existence before this catastrophic event came along? Was this destruction the consequence of some activity on the sphere itself or was it an external force from outer space? As an observer of the event, a feeling of sadness overcomes me because the object will cease to exist once this event is complete, and any investigation of life forms on the surface will never be realized. Almost like watching a slow death of an animal and feeling powerless to do anything about it. Feeling like we must accept the event as some sort of cosmic chaotic destruction that cannot be explained. Perhaps, somewhere else, another object is being born or created to take its place. I believe that the death of something is almost always paralleled by the birth of something else.


Cam H. Nguyen

These two objects depict fundamental aspects in the process of creation, life and eventually, death. They also depict the cyclical nature of life, whether the death of an object spurs on the birth of another, or that life is infinite, in that it leaves one world in order to inhabit another. Elements such as time, space, fire and water are all included in this process. They are all great sources of energy that any higher being can use to create (or destroy) life. Forces me to reflect on my own identity, life and sense of mortality. In that sense, I find great comfort in observing these two objects, despite their awesome nature and fiery energy.