Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Museum of Jurassic Technology

From the site:
"Like a coat of two colors, the Museum serves dual functions. On the one hand the Museum provides the academic community with a specialized repository of relics and artifacts from the Lower Jurassic, with an emphasis on those that demonstrate unusual or curious technological qualities. On the other hand the Museum serves the general public by providing the visitor a hands-on experience of "life in the Jurassic"..."

Excellent weirdness. I've read the book about the joint, at least twice. See MR. WILSON'S CABINET OF WONDER : Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology here. From the Amazon.com description:
"In the non-Aristotelian, non-Euclidean, non-Newtonian space between the walls of the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles exist bats that can fly through lead barriers, spore-ingesting pronged ants, elaborate theories of memory, and a host of other off-kilter scientific oddities that challenge the traditional notions of truth and fiction. Lawrence Weschler's book, expanded from an article for Harper's, is, at turns, a tour of the museum, a profile of its founder and curator, David Wilson, and a meditation on the role of imagination and authority in all museums, in science and in life. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder is an exquisite piece of "magic realist nonfiction" that will prove utterly captivating."


Blogger X. Dell said...

Upon first reading this post, my first thoughts about what constituted "jurassic technology": IBM 360, eight-track tape, vacuum tubes, etc.

Looks like a great institution to browse around (especially after the completion of the Tula Tea Room). It's on my list of things to see the next time I hit LA

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