1~ KUNSTKAMMER – Cabinet of curiosities
A cabinet of curiosities was an encyclopedic collection in Renaissance Europe of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. They were also known by various names such as Cabinet of Wonder, and in German Kunstkammer (“art-room”) or Wunderkammer(“wonder-room”). Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history (sometimes faked), geology,ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art (including cabinet paintings) and antiquities. “The Kunstkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron’s control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction.” (…) ”The Kunstkabinett itself was a form of propaganda”. Besides the most famous and best documented cabinets of rulers and aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science in Europe also formed collections that were precursors to museums.
The representation of an amateur wonder-room
Representations of amateur wonder-rooms of the 17th century present numerous private canvas collections : in a private interior, walls are covered in an accumulation of juxtaposed canvases with no hierarchy, frame against frame, from the floor to the ceiling. The collector can welcome cultured guests and indulge in his own pleasure for aesthetics and erudite knowledge. An ideal museum, these representations of amateur wonder-rooms combine fiction and reality : an imaginary décor, copies of master pieces and hybrid collections.
The graphic design exhibition KUNSTKAMMER shows the duality of these representations – between fiction and reality – by offering an exhibition room of posters, Manystuff’s collection, in which you can find a series of 6 fictional posters specially created for the occasion and gathered together in a graphical wonder-room.
Amateur exhibition room, Manystuff’s collection:
The first version of Manystuff’s itinerant and progressive collection was displayed for the first time in Moscow in June 2010. For Kunstkammer, Manystuff is exhibiting an original extract of the collection of posters created by French and international contemporaries such as Experimental Jetset, M/M Paris, Vier5, Laurent Fétis, Fanette Mellier, Frédéric Teschner,Pierre Vanni and many more (all informations soon). The scenery is a reproduction of wonder-rooms of the 17th century.
Wonder room, commissioned posters:
6 graphic designers and international studios are each to show their silkscreen printed poster, specially created for the exhibition’s wonder-room. With Abäke, Karl Nawrot, Manuel Raeder, Mathias Schweizer, officeabc & Metahaven.
3~ BOOKS BERLIN
Archive is a platform for artistic and cultural research, debate and self-education. It has been founded twice in Berlin: in 2008 at first, and in 2010 in its new Dieffenbachstraße venue.
Archive has no formal structure: its members (designers, interns, editors, artists, translators) practice no division of labor beyond the division of competences, no division of space beyond what is required by its use. Archive thus generates shifting and manifold assemblages of individuals – things – groups – exchanges. The stages of its productive cycle (the production of signs) are immediately evident in their social dimension: ‘creation always comes from further away than its authors’.
sources: 1~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_curiosities 2~ http://www.manystuff.org/?p=10539 3~http://www.archivebooks.org