Repurposing the Wunderkammer

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Repurposing the Wunderkammer

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A 2015 hardback book featuring writing by Sean Miller, Brandon Ballengée, Galen Olmsted, Chase Westfall, and a conversation with celebrated author Lawrence Weschler. Includes art by the Art Guys, Kim Abeles, Jason Merrill Benedict, Mark Dion, Katerie Gladdys, Dana Levy, Tea Mäkipää, Sean Miller, Eugene Parnell, Ben Patterson, Softday, Sergio Vega, and Andrew Yang. Book design by Connie Hwang.
Before museums existed there were wunderkammern or cabinets of wonder. Repurposing the Wunderkammer explores the ways these historic collections continue to provide provocative models for contemporary thinkers to develop new creative responses to technology, globalism, ecology, and the natural world. Cabinets of wonder, places where the arts and naturalism once comingled, offer us a way to reflect on the past while anticipating emerging transdisciplinary collaboration and research possibilities.The book documents a project organized and conceived by artist and curator Sean Miller, founder of the John Erickson Museum of Art, and an associate professor with the University of Florida's School of Art and Art History. The book also includes documentation from Miller's work as an artist-in-residence with the Florida Museum of Natural History, collaboration with collection managers, scientists, and artists around the world, and an exhibition at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art (co-curated with Kerry Oliver Smith), a lecture series, and a course for undergraduate and graduate students with the University of Florida's School of Art and Art History.
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