Monday, 18 March 2013 09:00
Cabinet of cities. Invisible curiosities.
What do you get when you cross an invisible city with a cabinet of curiosities?
Well, a cabinet of cities and invisible curiosities, of course.
This exhibition combines the imagined world of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and the primitive visual representation of Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Curiosities. The animals within Seba’s collection were preserved and then once removed through the process of illustrative documentation. Like making a copy of a tape from a tape, sometimes some of the detail gets lost. Similarly, Calvino’s novel used the travel diaries of Marco Polo as a foundation to re-imagine into his own fantastical narrative.
Everything here is a representation of itself, lost from the imagination of its creators and reformed once more through another means of interpretation. Rather than constructing tiny landscapes, tiny objects that transcend imagined landscapes and connect back to naïve notions of existence on earth have been created.
To check out the full exhibition (in Melbourne's smallest gallery) visit 141 Flinders Lane.