The LAB is pleased to host Wunderkabinet, an experimental opera and media installation developed by composer/sound artist Pamela Z in collaboration with video artist Christina McPhee. The production is inspired by and based on the exhibition materials displayed at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, founded and directed by artist David Wilson. The museum showcases the private galleries in which collectors of rarities would often display their treasures before the advents of public museums of natural history. In the enchanting performance, Ms. Z explores these peculiar worlds and the magic that occurs when the boundary between reality and imagination is blurred.
Wunderkabinet traces the story of its central character, an eccentric woman who travels to California in search of the scientists with whom she as been corresponding. She eventually beomes a docent, guiding the audience through a maze of wonders contained in her imaginary cabinet of curiosities.