WUNDERKAMMER SHOPFRONT EXCAVATIONS/FICTIONS Fig.1 Jordan Munro and David Haslam During a brief spell as a Benedictine monk in Avignon (Notre-‐Dame de Senanque) a manuscript of little importance was stolen by Brother Haslam and returned to England. Possessed by a pyrotechnic divine rage Mr Munro set fire to the entire Haslam residence. The Brother himself escaped unharmed, but only this fragment of the manuscript remains. Fig.2 Troy Holmes and Chloe Milner Springing from a desperation to communicate with Cambodian Razorbacks, extensive research was carried out to obtain from dog whisperers the dying words of these magnificent creatures. These last breaths were presented in clear sacks, poignant ghosts of the canine refuse bags that formed the basis of their captivity, and thus presenting an elegant cycle of life and death. Fig.3 Alice Chandler and Clare Cowan The detritus presented was collected from the artists’ summer spent in a small merchant vessel circulating the Trash Vortex in the North Pacific Ocean. On their discovery that the island of rubbish was actually inhospitable, remnants were brought back in order to create a new island in Blackford Pond. Residencies will be available from 2014 onward.
Fig.4 Jordan Pilling, Natalie Howlett and Doug Stevens Growing increasingly unsatisfied with the corporeal limitations of sculpture, the artists staged a live application to the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq mime school in Paris. They were accepted as a trio after the performance was visited by the school’s Head Mime, and they are currently touring Greece, specialising in impersonating statues of the Archaic and Daedalic orders. Fig.5 Thomas Dawson and Emily Binks During a three year stint working in a cryogenics lab specialising in marine preservation, Ms. Binks stole, approximately 1cl at a time, the fluids used in the cryogenic procedures. These were stored in bags in her freezer but with the help of her assistant Mr Dawson were safely defrosted and presented. Perhaps accidentally, one of the samples contained the specimen Carassius auratus auratus which successfully survived the process and has been donated to a reputable pet shop establishment. Fig.6 William Carey and Stephanie Maclean The artists having been longstanding public relations officers of the Illuminati, designs were presented to promote the new youth branch of the movement, incorporating popular trends. The rebranding has been very successful, with #trilluminati trending on twitter ever since.
Fig.7 Hamish Young and Penny Kay To remedy a crippling homesickness, an envelope of Cornish sand is sent to Mr Young by his brother on a weekly basis. Mentored by glass guru Penny Kay, the past few years have been spent fastidiously crafting these samples into precious glass shards which he sells for vast sums on his popular etsy account. Fig.8 Solanne Bernard and Lydia McGinley Despite possessing the exact appearance and scent of grass, the specimen on display was a unique amphibious fungus discovered by Ms. Bernard whilst diving in the Gulf of Guinea. Bernard, McGinley and a team of researchers have been conducting research on the organism and some of its rare abilities, which include the replication of birdsong and the support of up to 4,500 times its own weight. Fig.9 Niklos Karavellas and Rachel Treloar A Victorian sweet shop was found perfectly preserved beneath a layer of earth that buried it in a 1884 landslide. Residents of the town of Waverton discovered the forgotten site by the appearance of humbugs in the soil. It was excavated and the contents of the shop put on display for the first time in over a hundred years.
Fig.10 Sky Su and Kieran Gray In May 2011 a duvet was stolen from the home of popular wildlife presenter Bill Oddie by his cleaner who had the distinct intention of selling it on ebay. For a winning bid of £41.70 Mr Su procured the item and presented it in a manner evocative of Mr Oddie’s inner turmoil. Fig.1 Fig.2 Fig.3 Fig.4 Fig.5 Fig.6 Fig.7 Fig.8 Fig.9 Fig.10