”Objects of Curiosity” is a collaboration project between Pega-Cut and Kneip as a part of the Passionswege for Vienna Design Week. Pega-Cut is a water-jet cutting company founded by René Gabriel based in the 10th district of Vienna.
The series consists of nine sculptures made from a combination of new and found components. The whole project is one big playful experiment exploring different phenomenon such as magnetism, mechanical motion, wind, crafts, deformation by vacuum and material properties. For this exhibition we finalised nine sculptures out of a great number of experiments. For future exhibitions of Objects of curiosity there will probably be further experiments manifested into sculptures.
The project is inspired by Wunderkammers (cabinet of curiosities). Wunderkammers was originally a rooms or a cabinets filled with objects from trips around the world. It was a way to “show off” in the sixteenth century upper class. The collection often contained ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities. Wunderkammers conveyed symbolically as a microcosm of theatre of the world and a memory theatre.
Kneip 2015 – Objects of Curiosity