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Contemporary Wunderkammer, Automaton Theater and Immersive Performance

Contemporary Wunderkammer

The Last Tuesday Society

Curious Matter

Morbid Anatomy Library

Coney Island Museum

The Museum of Everyday Life

The Umbrella Cover Museum 

The Bread and Puppet Museum

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return 

The City Museum, Saint Louis MO 

The Museum of Jurassic Technology 

The Velaslavasay Panorama 

The Main Street Museum, White River Junction Vermont

Portmeirion - A wunderkammer of unwanted architecture

The American Visionary Museum 

The Homeless Museum of Art (A wunderkammer that juggles irreverence and sincerity) 

Kat Wise's House (A wunderkammer that sweaters built)

The Mütter Museum

Funhouse House (Alexa Meade and Chris Hughes live-in funhouse)

Ricky Boscarino's Luna Parc

The Magic Castle

The Museum of Unheard of Things

The House on a Rock

The Center for Land Use Interpretation (The made environment as wunderkammer)

Elsewhere (A wunderkammmer created from the excesses of human society)

Pee Wee's Playhouse (A whimsical wunderkammer that lives-on in the collective imagination of the masses)

David Beck's Mvsevm

The Society for Nebulous Knowledge (A nebulous wunderkammer of possibility)

The Merrylin Cryptid Museum  (Metamuseology at its finest) 

The Public Domain Review, an online wunderkammer showcasing interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works.

The Museum of Imaginary Instruments

Radio Guy, the Collection of Steve Erenberg

The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents (an olfactory wunderkammer)

Car Art World  - A museum dedicated entirely to the celebration and preservation of this popular (?) mobile art form

Theatrum Mundi, Arezzo Italy - A collection of paleontological specimens paired with contemporary myths

Bizzarro Bizar, A virtual wunderkammer of strange, bizarre, and oftentimes macabre stories

Museumwinkle, Netherlands - Taxidermy shop and  museum where everything is for sale

The Museum of the Junkyard Poet, Morbihan France

Artist Environments as a form of Wunderkammer/Wonder Space. Some of the above links could be classified as Artists environments also.

The following websites are dedicated to outstanding artist environments:

Detour Art

The Land Behind (our friend Rich Gabe's blog)



Atlas Obscura (Definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous places)

Automata and Automaton Theater

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre 

The Lost Gypsy Gallery - The ingenious, interactive, and often hilariously impractical world of Blair Sommerville

The House of Automata

Banksy's Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill, New York

(another vid of above)

Museum Tinguely

Early Tinguely works

Chris Fitch Studio

David Lang kinetic masterpieces (video) (video) (video)

Rowland Emett's Marvelous Machines

Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson at the MIT Museum

Teatro De Automatas (video) 

The Mechanical Salesman - a rare automaton

The Morris Museum

Francois Jonod Studio

Thomas Kunts Studio

Bruce Lacey, Spare Part Art

Bruce Lacey, Nightmare Robots

Sharmaka Kinetic Theatre

Simone Giertz, The Queen if shitty robots

The Silver Swan at Bowes Museum (video)

Hermitage Hall's famous Peacock Clock (video)

L'Univers du poète ferrailleur (video)

The Under The Pier Show - Tim Hunkin's Machines

Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room  (video)

Disney's Carousel of Progress (video)

Laurance and Angela St.Leger's miniture automata

The Marionette Maker, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

(another video on the above)

The Killing Machine, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

Clayton Bailey - Koalithic musiology and the indisputable truth of unnatural history... just watch this!

Five Astounding Animal Automata - compiled by Atlas Obscura

David Beck

Marvin's marvelous mechanical Museum - another video

David Beck's work as seen through "Curious Worlds" documentary - see his mvsevm in contemporary wunderkammer above

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Joseph's Machines - Website and Youtube Channel dedicated to Joseph Hercher's Rube Golbergian Masterpieces

Jim Whiting's Mechanical Theatre in Swarovski Kristallwelten

Kolja Kugler's Love Machine Band, Beriln Germany  (video)

The Museum of the Junkyard Poet, Morbihan France

Immersive Performance/Curated Experiences

Speakeasy Dollhouse

Banksy's Dismaland

Banksy's Walled Off Hotel  (more)

Bread and Puppet

Evermore Park

Theater Bizarre 

Factory Obscura

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return 

Sleep No More    

Then She Fell

The Surrealist Taxi


Fruit for the Apocalypse

You Me Bum Bum Train


The Latitude (sadly - now defunct) ...More

Fost Fest (more articles)

Everything is terrible (...well, kinda)



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