Sybille Schlumbom a.k.a. billadonna
3 Oct 2011
Interests I always wanted to be an alien life form designer.But that is another story and will be told in another time at another place.
Billa Donna’s Wunderkammer, a domesticated street art exhibition
“The marvelous is always beautiful” (Andre Breton)
Be prepared to be amazed: Hamilton CBD is turned into a cabinet of curiosities.
Find strange creatures in unexpected places.
Join me on a journey through the looking glass.
Kindly supported by Hamilton City Creative Community Scheme
The European “Wunderkammer”, or cabinets of curiosity, was born out of the need to explain the marvelous wonders of the world that where streaming into Europe with explorers, seafarers and merchants discovering and measuring the world in the 16th and 17th century.
Embalmed new found species and illustrations of unknown plants, animals and cultures from exotic places turned the picture of the world as it was known upside down.
All those places of wondrous treasure where weeks of exhausting and dangerous travel away, so even the rich and famous didn’t often embark on such treacherous endeavours.
So they tried to acquire “universal collections”, containing artifacts divided into “naturalia”, “artificialla”’ and “mirabilia”, displayed in an attempt to categorize the vast amount of information that was sailing in with every ship.
The Wunderkammer owner didn’t bother much with the sorting. Everything new was marvelous and therefore beautiful. Can we still admire without explanation? Is that where street art is disturbing us- the missing blurb, label, catalogue?
See the city centre turned into a world of wonder- a cabinet of curiosities- a Wunderkammer.
Explore the streets and be amazed.
Admire strange creatures in unexpected places.
Behold: “The Wunderkammer”
Stencil on ply-wood