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Cabinets of Curiosity

Cabinets of curiosities became popular throughout Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. These Wunderkammern, or cabinets of wonder, attempted to encompass the whole of the universe in an enclosed space and were encylopedic in approach.

Cabinets, cases and drawers were intended not only to conceal hidden treasures, but to help categorize each item in a complex structure of correspondences and meanings.

Sage drew on Cabinets of Curiosity in designing the main set piece of the performance: a sturdy work table with numerous compartments, each of which contain unusual specimens. Sage's specimens are eerily reminiscent of human parts, but are in fact made from the same natural and organic material, primarily fruits and vegetables, that we used in our gelatin cadaver.

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