Discrete Curiosity

Kansas City


The creation of a cabinet of curiosity stems from an instinctive cultural urge to collect artifacts and to curate them in different categories as a means of proving and codifying a specific worldview.

The initial premise of the project is based on the 16c. wunderkammerin, whose contents displayed a microcosm of their owners' personal world; containing art, natural artifacts, and fancies of the imagination. While many of the ideas embodied in these early cabinets have found established institutional homes in current society (art museums, science museums, encyclopedias and zoological gardens), one of their original purposes is not regularly observed in today's cultural institutions.

Our aim in curating a cabinet was to test the relationship between objects whose categorical boundaries had not yet been defined.

The project is a curated installation piece that visually attracts people to explore a set of objects and then provides a context, or a "discrete set" in which objects may be placed. The ultimate effect is a fresh conversation between artists, scientists, researchers, and the greater public.

The sculptural form and the processes of construction are part of a larger exploration at Lovett Keshet Studio regarding the discretization of minimal surfaces between compound frames.