Wild Worlding Wunderkammer Workshop
Inspired by the carrier bag theory of fiction let us look for alternate ways to do our work. We do this by worlding: by attuning to and melting into the subject(s) of our research; gathering and gaining situated knowledges, interwoven with multiple threads of imagination and desire. But then gathering and gaining is based on collecting: data, objects, subjects, situations, relations; submitted into an order of things, shifted into storages, from time to time put on display: museums, libraries, servers. Imagination and desire are stripped off in this process and stored separately, if at all. That’s why we need a different mind-set, a different set of methods, and a different set of tools. We will have to re-organize the spaces as well as the ways we work together. For our findings and our creations, for our research and our inspiration we will build a wunderkammer. Not the old cabinet of curiosities based on items taken away from others, other places, stolen from life – a deeply colonial concept, the greedy mother of the museum. But a new structure for our wild-at-heart pluriverse; one that is our workshop and our toolbox rather than a storage. One that is probably closer to an assembly, a parliament, a party, a network, a collaboratory for all kinds of agencies and for agencies of all kinds. So let us muse about a preliminary inventory of our wild worlding wunderkammer workshop – and about the tools this tool(box) for alternative futures may provide.
wunderkammer; knowledge building; tools; workshopology;
Verena Kuni is a scholar in the field of art, cultural and media studies and professor for visual culture at Goethe University, Frankfurt Main. Her research and teaching, projects and publications focus on transfers between material and media cultures; media of imagination and technologies of transformation; DIY and critical making; biotopes, biotopias and techno/nature/cultures; toys and/as tools; creative entanglements between imagination and invention; visual epistemology; information design and/as (con)figuration(s) of knowledge; (in)visibilities; alternate realities and (trans)formations of time. Among her passions is the development of interdisciplinary projects and programs at the intersections of theory and practice; her curiosity for exploring experimental formats and settings is probably never satisfied. Find out more at www.kuniver.se.