The inspiration for this portfolio has been the cabinets of curiosities of the 17th century, upon which today’s learnt entertainment environment is modeled. Back then, the Cabinets’ purpose was not only about promoting knowledge, but also about power and the pleasure of ownership. Ownership in turn was used as social currency with which one could exercise power or superiority in the then society.
With the advent of digital media the paradigms of ownership and function over digital assets has shifted. Nowadays, we are all creators and collectors of our own curiosities. Apart from that context of societal discourse, my purpose with this series has a sort of art-for-art’s-sake function. I explore and celebrate artistic versioning, experimentation, the establishment of new vocabularies of visual phenomena and their dissemination across digital media platforms. These cabinets are generated-through-graphic-software composited illustrations, based on digital photographs, from my personal archives. The possibilities of these tampered, remastered and reauthored digital objects are truly endless.