Hi, and welcome to my blog!

My name is Laura and I currently live in Germany, where I work as a curator at terra mineralia, a rock and gem museum in Freiberg, a town in Saxony, Germany. This blog is my attempt to chronicle not only what I am doing for the project (see the FAQ for more) but also to share this with my community (hi guys!), with the hope that it better explains what I do.

My project is funded by the International Museum Fellowship Programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, an organization that promotes and aids international collaboration in museums. My work started on May 1, 2016. The exhibit opens on April 12th, 2017 and will run through August 2017. My grant will end on Halloween, 2017.

I should also mention why I chose the name “the Binomial Curator.” Most people think of a binomial as a mathematical name for a term with two components, but it is also a┬átype of conjunction. In grammar, a binomial is when there are two words (most often nouns) joined together, and order is usually pretty consistent:

Cease and Desist
Rock and Roll
Knife and Fork
Night and Day

There are German binomial pairs too:

Freiheit und Gleichheit
Recht und Ordnung
Sturm und Drang
Tag und Nacht

Because I live and work in two cultures and in two languages (and occassionally confuse both of them together), I really liked this name. And I think it sounds cool!

With this blog I hope to catalog the process of the exhibit. I’ve been here for 4 months already, so the first posts are going to be playing catch up with what has happend already. Hopefully I’ll be up to date soon, bringing us to the present time and what we are working on. I’m aiming to post once a week on topics related to my work here. Fingers crossed!

Be kind to each other and until next time!