(Virtual) | wwwunderkammer
"wwwunderkammer" appeals to the 16th century “Cabinets of Curiosity” to consider the uncanny complications of grounded reality and virtual reality, while building virtual worlds, founded upon de-colonizing, post-human, and feminist archives. Among other sources, this work is inspired by Margaret Cavendish’s book, The Blazing World (1666), the first science-fiction novel written by a woman. Cavendish conceived of art as a way to construct private symbolic spaces – worlds of one’s own. Through my cabinet of curiosities, I am similarly cultivating the transformative potential in speculative invention, revealing the uncanny underdetermination of the world in my virtual realities, while conversely calling attention to the virtual – as culture, fantasy, and ideology, as much as technology – already at work in the everyday.