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Pesco on The World as a Wunderkammer

Boing Boing’s David Pescovitz on The World as a Wunderkammer at TEDx SoMa.

My interview with Pesco is here.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

What is the Museum of Jurrassic Technology? The official answer is “an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.”

What does this include? Some of the weirdest mind-fucking exhibits you’ll find. Ants with fungus growing out of their heads? Horned bats preseved in lead?

The founder, David Wilson, has taken Borgesian fantasy and made an impressive material world of it (assuming the museum actually exists… I’ve talked to people who claim to have family members who have visited, but I’ve had no direct contact with anyone who’s actually been there). Is it science? Is it performance art? Both?

Also check out Lawrence Weschler’s book on the subject, Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder.

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