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.


Jacob Wong

resolvable: 7
gigantic: 3
complex: 3
feminine: 6
young: 6
sticky: 7
public: 8
proprietary: 5

The image depicts a series of six linearly arranged, identical (except for color) "socks" and a magnified circular tablet reminiscent of geological patterns of a cluster of asteroids only a few billion miles beyond the orbit of Pluto. This asteroid belt is now being discussed as the possible remnants of a tenth plant (tentatively named Hera), or possibly the fragments of a hypothetical collision between Pluto and a larger meteorite that would have occurred roughly two hundred million years prior to the sudden collapse of Jupiter. The recent voyage to this remote region by Satellite102 revealed linear, glowing, fissures on a majority of Hera's outer crust, a result of friction and heat generated by tectonic movement of the underlying upper mantle. Scientists are wondering if the circular tablet is some type of recording of Hera's fissures by the third-generation Neanderthal civilization, having lived roughly one hundred million years ago when such fissures first formed, and would have glowed brightly enough to appear visible to the night sky. According to this tentative thesis, the six "socks" show to the left of the circular tablet served as semi-permeable container for the tablets, which apparently become religious icons for the majority of the civilization. Each sock color corresponds to a fifteen-year period within a person's life, beginning with black at birth and ending in white at death. Marking temporal progression or maturely, the assumption of a new sock color become a rite of passage prevalent within Neanderthal society, as apparent by the large number of "sock" specimens gathered anthropologists of the Earth region. The six shown are apparent early forms of "sock," as later more sophisticated patterns emerged in types such as the "trouser" sock and "athletic" sock.


Jacob Wong

resolvable: 4
gigantic: 8
complex: 8
feminine: 5
young: 5
sticky: 6
public: 5
proprietary: 5

Satellite 102 also returned intriguing information concerning one of the smaller members within this asteroid belt, approximately five thousand miles in diameter. Hidden under a dense and toxic atmosphere, the image shown here is highly clarified computer extrapolation of available information. While retaining the linear fissure structure characteristic of most other asteroids within the belt, the rectangular projections from the asteroid surface raise the exciting possibly of intelligent life having occupied the area before. In addition, the linear pattern of this asteroid's fissures clearly evidence of some type of outside modification resulting in their current circular pattern. While the asteroid's small area makes it largely incapable of maintaining settlement or civilization, there is ample possibility as the site of a trading post or ceremonial burial ground. Anthropologists have proposed the asteroid's use as a burial ground as these fissures revolve like circular ambulatories or path around numerous stone monoliths. The establishment of monoliths to mark the dead is a widely known practice of peoples within the Earth planetary system; for example, the use of tombstones, pyramids, or mounds. Anthologists positing the asteroid's use as a trading ground interpret the circular configuration of fissures as a method of harnessing energy to fuel interplanetary travel. Civilizations of the Earth system may have developed primitive technologies capable of tapping into planetary cores to obtain geological fuel. Such technology seems within the reach those civilizations, and a logical progression from their earlier consumption of fossil fuels. Part of this debate arises from whether or not homo sapiens where ever capable to developing method of solar energy conversion sufficient to match increasing rates of consumption characteristic of pre-atomic societies. Some anthologists posit an eventual transition from geological (fossil) fuel to solar sources, and believe "core-tapping" to be outside the realm of human activity. Others within field, including the preeminent professor Sekady Yeluda, believe Homo sapiens were never able surpass dependence upon geological consumption, as evidenced by the ecological destruction of most of the planetary system's habitable terrain.


Jacob Wong

The connection between the two objects is their astronomical source, the tenth planet in the solar system.