Wunderkammer; The Sound Cabinet of Curiosities

 

Wunderkammer; The Sound Cabinet of Curiosities @ IMT Gallery, London

A sound art installation aiming to stimulate the imagination and challenge the perception of the individual experiencing it. Wunderkammer; The Sound Cabinet of Curiosities draws inspiration from the historical cabinets of curiosities that first appeared during the 14th Century around Europe and are considered to have been the first form of the modern museum.

The installation is an actual collection of strange, unearthly, wondrous and fascinating sonorous objects. The artist adopts the the role of a curator who stumbles across numerous objects, gathers them and places them on “display” in order to share his findings with the audience. The objects are arranged within space with each one “standing” at a specific place inside a case [loudspeaker].

The concept is realised using the Choroechoic composition strategy. This form of composition – introduced for the first time by the artist – uses as starting materials concrete sound objects which acquire the attributes of physical ones. After having their temporal characteristics eliminated, these sonorous objects are transformed into Choroechons; Sound objects that may be treated in the same manner a visual artist treats physical objects. The Sound Cabinet of Curiosities is the first Choroechoic piece; a composition through which the terms ‘Structuring materials’ reclaims its literal meaning.

Stereo Example

Binaural Video

Wunderkammer: the Sound Cabinet of Curiosities was exhibited  the 27th of November 2008 the IMT Gallery, London as part of the Sound Art exhibition and symposium Audio Forensics.