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.


Cheng Chen

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complex: 8
feminine: 5
young: 1
sticky: 1
public: 10
proprietary: 10

What is this object? It is not any ordinary thing, but a holy diagram made by a pre-historical civilization. This ancient culture understood the changing character of time, seasons, human life and all life forms. The diagram is simple and is consistent of mainly two parts, one being the red circular shape in the center and the other a black mass underneath the red shape. The red sphere can be seen as a symbolic depiction of life, it is bright red color infectiously fuse into the surrounding atmosphere. The black mass is the symbol of chaos, which is both the mother of life and the destroyer of life. It is amorphous in shape and indescribable in texture. But by placing both symbols in the same diagram, these ancient people believed that they have resolved the nature of the universe. They display this diagram in their temples as a way for people to pay homage to nature, to gain peace in their mind about cycle of life and death, and to remind them the wonder of creation, of hope, of being alive. Another interpretation of this diagram is supported by another culture of similar time frame. These people imported this diagram through trade and redefined it in their tradition. Since they lived in a matriarchal society. They believed that the diagram simply shows the red sphere as the male entity and the black mass as the feminine one. Hence the feminine is seen as both the creator of life—the mother, as well as the destroyer of life—death. Though the feminine is seen as chaotic and undefined, it is ultimately the more powerful entity in existence. It is both the beginning and the end of all things. Man that is born by woman must die one day to be reborn again, that was the way these ancient people understood death.


Cheng Chen

resolvable: 8
gigantic: 4
complex: 1
feminine: 10
young: 8
sticky: 5
public: 9
proprietary: 10

When the spring season comes every year, the ancient Greeks sing this song to celebrate a new beginning. It was believed that the Goddess of Spring, Persephone sang this song upon her yearly rebirth. She was kidnapped by Hades and became the Queen of the Underworld. Since her disappearance/death brings about wintertime, the whole world suffered her sadness in destitute cold weather. Her mother, Demeter’s tears of missing her would be crystallized and fell on Earth as snowflakes. But Persephone is a strong girl. Once she found out that her mother arranged with Zeus for her to come back up to Earth every spring, she’s full of hope. She realizes the power of being the Queen of Hades, too. So she knows that she will be the one to bring life to Earth every spring and death every winter. On the day she leaves the Underworld, Hades sends her on a fast chariot back to Life. She is full of happiness, and warmth, and hope, which are all reflected in her song. Her voice calls people out to step out side to see the coming of springtime. She tells people that days will be more beautiful now and nights will be more entertaining. Her voice can be heard in Heaven, on Earth, and in the Underworld. Everyone rejoices upon her return to Life, even the Gods smile upon the joy that she brings upon the world. The only person that is discontent is Hades himself, who misses his queen and also sees that she has much power to bring magic even to his world, which is the world of the dead. So this is the song of the return of spring. It claims the end of winter, and the birth of the new.


Cheng Chen

The first object and the second object (which is a song)relate to each other in that they both emphasize the ubiquitous quality of change in the cosmos. Life must go in cycle of birth and death, just as season must return to spring after winter. Change in time must exist to balance everything. In turn, rebirth gives new hope and progress.