Speakeasy Dollhouse

OK, I love this.

Artist Cynthia von Buhler created dollhouse miniatures to try to solve her bootlegger grandfather’s 1935 murder.  The result is Speakeasy Dollhouse, which grew from a series of dollhouse sets to an “immersive experience” theater project (seems a bit in line with Sleep No More, perhaps?).  As a big fan of Frances Glessner Lee’s fantastic Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (which von Buhler acknowledges were a big influence on her own project), and, really, anything related to historical murder mysteries in general, this sounds pretty amazing.

You can read an interview with von Buhler over at Salon, in which she talks about transmedia storytelling, curiosity, and family secrets.

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