A Kind of Cabinet (NI-54-14), 2014
paulownia wood, rubber band, topographic maps, photographs, gundam model figure, fabric, urushi lacquer
115 x 70 x 70 cm
The Project A Kind of Cabinet is based on a variety of individual cabinets. Regarding the actual making of the cabinets together with the enclosed objects and a certain materiality each version is dealing with the regional identity of a specific area on its very own way. The principles of collecting and displaying can also be found within this on-going project.
Cabinet furniture exhibits a long tradition: in the form of art cabinets and cabinets of wonder, representative collections have existed homogeneously for 500 years presenting artifacts, art and crafts aside one another.
Whether from a regional area or in the shape of (travel)souvenirs, the emphasis of interest always lay on a fascination for rarities and curiosities. The different and partly strange objects evoke an astonishment and admiration as well as the desire to touch the object and learn more about its origin and identity.
A Kind of Cabinet translates the traditional cabinet into a contemporary product.
A Kind of Cabinet (NI-54-14) is inspired by the city of Kyoto, Japan, and its surrounding melting pot towards the city of Osaka.
The cabinet itself reflects the architecture and city planning of Kyoto, it is a metaphor for a location-specific way of living. It contains a collectible figure from the japanese TV series Gundam Model Suit, topographic maps from the Kansai region (Kyoto towards Osaka) as well as photographs taken from a filmed train travel from Kyoto to Umeda station in Osaka. The tradition of Urushi lacquer can be found within different items or techniques inside the cabinet. The cabinet is placed on a piece of fabric and by this defining a certain space within itself.
The edition NI-54-14 is the second of a series of cabinets, that encourage one to deal with the closet's immanent identity, to become aware of regional characteristics and also scrutinize one's own identity.
A Kind of Cabinet (NI-54-14) was produced during an artist residency at Villa Kamogawa, Goethe-Institute in Kyoto, Japan.