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.


Henry Yen

resolvable: 8
gigantic: 2
complex: 8
feminine: 5
young: 5
sticky: 1
public: 5
proprietary: 7

The object that I found most intriguing while digging through the massive collection of exotic artifacts from the Walker Art Center website, was a picture of a pyramidal prism refracting several bands of light rays. According to the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, I have classified this object of art as a visual works by medium or technique. Three additional terms that I can use to describe this object of art are that it is an object of light art, that it is an object used as projections to project certain images, and that it is an object used for viewing transparencies. The pyramidal prism, an intriguing piece of artwork, has always fascinated me since my childhood days. Whenever I looked at the prism, it would remind me of the ancient pyramids of Egypt, in that its shape indicated a certain out of this worldliness that seem to have something to do with the mysterious myths about the ancient Egyptians connection to aliens. I have had my share of science fiction movies before, and the one movie that reminded me the most about the connection between the Egyptian pyramids and the prism is the movie called The Fifth Element, starring Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich. The movie was basically about aliens invading a futuristic Earth, trying to take over Earth's resources and it's most precious five elements of life, and that Bruce Willis was there, like always, being the hero type he is, trying to stop the aliens from achieving their goal and ultimately destroy the human kind. If I remembered right, there were good aliens and bad aliens in the movie, and the good aliens that were the allies of Humans, used some sort of device inside the Egyptian pyramids to secure the four elements of life. In any case, the prism reminded me of the usage of the four elements of life, in the form of crystals I believe°Kwhen they were placed on the altar in a pyramid to try to create some sort of gigantic energy beam to kill the bad aliens. The only thing that prevented the four elements from creating the killer beam was of course, the fifth missing element. That's where Bruce and Milla came into to the scene. And boom! At the end, the two gets a big smooch with each other and the bad aliens were killed and everyone lived a happy long life. My point is, the prism, because of its uniqueness, has many practical uses. Like in the movie the prismatic crystals were used to refract light so that energy could be conducted from the crystals. I think a practical use of prisms in today's world could be to use them as laser refractors or something with a similar function. And thinking about refractors°K the prism just reminded me of another movie I saw. Anyone remember Michael Jackson's Moonwalker?? Yup, that's the one. The movie Moonwalker showed MJ who turned into a gigantic robot with large energy refractors to deflect laser beams. I thought that was pretty neat, and because the refractors resembled modern day prisms, although I am sure the refractors were energy based themselves, but in any case, the modern day prism could be refined to a state in which it could have some practical uses in reflecting lasers or refract light beams in certain medical applications. The possibility of using prisms for technical or medical purposes is astounding. To wrap things up, a pyramidal prism is one of the most fascinating piece of artwork made by human beings up to this date. It can be researched to have usages in many different areas of human science. What I would like to see however, is the usage of the prism to be applied to net art in the way that it could have interactive properties added, as in using the prism to make a website, possibly a holographic website in the future, that uses prisms for interactive purposes.


Henry Yen

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

Japanese Anime, or the Japanese form of cartoon, has always interested me since I was exposed to it as a young child. I viewed them and became so immersed into them that I would often act as if I was one of the main characters in one of the Anime shows. Now, although I have grown up, I still like to read Japanese Anime comic books or sometimes watch some Anime cartoons. Japanese Anime still fascinates me to this date, and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to become an artist. As Japanese Anime becomes more popularized throughout the world, its creators and producers have added more adult themes into their repertoire. Gundam Wing, although may look childish as a mindless cartoon about some fifteen year old kids piloting deadly gigantic robots fighting off bad guys, the show isn't really centered on a young audience, but rather on the adult audience, as it has sophisticated dialogs and themes in its episodes. In any case, to think that people in the far future, let's say, people living 500 years from now, being able to pilot giant robots and to fight each other with them not just in a virtual reality setting as we might be able to achieve now but rather in live action, is truly heart-pounding and exciting. The robot itself would require massive amount of scientific research and development to create. And to think that technology is improving at an exponential rate today, the technology and equipment required to manufacture such a giant robot(by the way, the robot itself is 17.5 meters high) in the future is probably not impossible but foreseeable. In the end, I would like to add that Japanese Anime is truly a unique form of art, weather applied on the internet as net art or viewed as cartoons on television. It is with these interesting and out of this world ideas about the future being drawn into cartoons that people will be able to create new and improve today's technology by applying theories that are made standard within these Anime cartoons.


Henry Yen

The relationship between object in Part 1 and object in Part 2 is that the pyramidal prism in Part 1 could be used as some sort of energy refractor on the robot itself, sort of like a shield for the robot in Part 2. Gigantic prisms of certain exotic materials able to withstand tremendous heat could be attached to a shield that the robot carries with it to defend itself from energy weapons.