The Wunderkammer is a kiosk designed to showcase digital media in a unique and compelling way. The Wunderkammer’s mechanical interface works with underlying digital material in one self contained space. The multimedia elements contained within it are comprised of a wide array of presentations. The viewer is presented with an initial screen and can choose one of five buttons to navigate to other material. Anything is possible; from presentations pertaining to art gallery exhibits about man’s history and fascination with the moon to material celebrating the 50th anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education.
The Wunderkammer is built of oak and mirrors the design of the actual German made Arts and Crafts clock that inspired it’s creation. It’s design presents the viewer with the material enveloped in a case that gives a sense of a protected shelter and a sense of greater importance just as the original clock provided. In order to preserve it’s orginal nature a series of multimedia digital clocks are included within the presentations that can be experienced by the viewer with a the press of a button.
A button panel allows the viewer to select different works that are available as well as interact in unusual ways with the material contained in the kiosk. Having written the software to control the experience as well as display and generate the visuals and sound it has given me an opportunity to experiment with ways to present digital information in a way that is not typical and stretches the idea of materials from a distant time. Some of the digital elements work in a straightforward fashion and others are designed to include random elements that are not predictable. Button panel below.