Collecting a unique combination of artworks, technological inventions and natural artefacts, the Baroque Wunderkammer was a disorganised cabinet of curiosities that aimed to showcase the world’s mysteries and marvels. In that sense, it predicted the chaos and data pile-up of the internet and social media.
This lecture by media theorist Wolfgang Ernst opens our Wunderkammer, discussing the way online culture recalls the haphazard organisation of the Wunderkammer, and then looks at new digital manifestations of the curiosity cabinet, which can include sonic items as well.
Wolfgang Ernst is Full Professor for Media Theories at Humboldt University in Berlin and author of Digital Memory and the Archive (2013). His research covers media archaeology as method, theory of technical storage, technologies of cultural transmission, media aesthetics, critique of history as master discourse of cultural and technological time, and sound analysis.