Introduction to the Wunderkammer project

16 September 2015 from 19:30 to 22:00 hrs
The Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
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Introduction to the Wunderkammer project and lecture by art historian Claudia Swan (Northwestern University) on Early Modern Wunderkammers and the ways in which these spaces supported and encouraged new modes of thinking about the relationship between art and science. (This project is only for students of the Radboud and ArtEZ Honours Programmes.)

Claudia Swan from KNAW on Vimeo.

The Society of Arts of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Culture on Campus of the Radboud University initiated a project for students of the ArtEZ Honours Programme and the Radboud University Honours Academy to collaborate on the Wunderkammerproject in the academic year 2015-2016.

The project’s goal is to encourage cooperation and interaction between the arts and sciences via the concept of the Wunderkammer. How does the Wunderkammer, in which the curiosities of the world were collected and displayed as from the 16th century, apply to the way knowledge can be obtained today? The collecting process which lays at the heart of the Wunderkammer may be also of relevance to the practices of contemporary scientists and artists. Within the scope of this joint project, students will therefore research the role of imagination and curiosity for gaining knowledge and broadening perspectives.

The project will run between September 2015 and March 2016 and consists of self-organized group work and a few plenary (public) meetings. It provides an extraordinary opportunity to meet and work with renowned artists and scholars who were chosen as member of the oldest academic institute in the Netherlands, founded in 1808.

The Wunderkammer project aims

  • to stimulate dialogue between the knowledge domains of arts and sciences
  • to question how knowledge can be obtained in current times
  • to research possible forms of organizing knowledge
  • to encourage serendipity, wandering, and exploration
  • to create a free thinking space where disciplines challenge each other
  • to give room to the unexpected


Wednesday 16 September 2015
Kickoff meeting at the Trippenhuis (KNAW headquarters) in Amsterdam

Saturday 7 November 2015
InScience Dutch International Science Film Festival in Nijmegen
Event with the honours students and selected members of the Society of Arts as part of the festival program.

February 2016
Final presentations at Culture on Campus, Radboud University in Nijmegen
Public presentations of research outcomes of the Wunderkammer project.

Saturday 12 March 2016
Presentations individual research ArtEZ students in Deventer
Research presentations of ArtEZ honours students, possibly influenced by the research for the  Wunderkammer project and thus open to everyone involved in the project.

Project team

Marlies van Hak, Coordinator Honours program ArtEZ
Ariane Vervoorn, Radboud University
Martijn Stevens, Radboud University
Peter Sonderen, Lector Theory ArtEZ
Barbara Visser, Visual artist and filmmaker and chair Society of Arts
Bart Haensel, Educator & Concept Developer Deep Sandwich
Annelies ten Have, Policy officer, Secretary Society of Arts

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