Snow Globes

Walter Benjamin collected snow globes—miniature worlds under a vault of glass or plastic where an eternal winter reigns. When you take a snow globe in your hands and lightly shake it, a short film in 3D format plays. It starts with a full snowstorm, before the snowflakes gently descend and a world gradually emerges. Today snow globes are regarded as closest to kitsch but for Benjamin they belonged to the nineteenth-century repertoire of bourgeois objects at the borderland between toy, media technology, and ornamental object.


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