Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Post tutorial melaise

Post tutorial malaise…

I need to look more closely at what specifically interests me about objects. There is something interesting in removing an object from its surroundings and isolating it, putting it with other objects that constructs a new narrative around the object. The object becomes part of something else, part of something bigger than itself: part of a collection. In isolation, other properties are highlighted shapes, colours and textures. These are made more evident through comparison, differences and similarities between objects. Can the language of objects organization have transformative qualities on the original object? In being part of a collection can seemingly mundane objects become something else, something new? Do they transcend their origins, or does the symbiosis of collections creative the interest? The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Do we marvel at quantity rather than the individual?

Do different organization and display techniques make us read the narratives of collections in a different way? Can the collector influence how their collection is perceived and received by the way they choose to display their collections? Do objects respond to each other in the same way irrespective of their cajoling?

Maybe it would be interesting to have different people arrange the same objects to see if it said something about individual personalities and character traits.

This is less about the voice of the object and more about the organizational and categorising techniques of individuals.
I think I am more interested in what mundane collections say about people. I am definitely interested in random, unplanned collections. I do not want to look at replicas and repeats, collections of the same objects, like stamps or postcards, but how a series of seemingly unrelated objects become a collection because of their connection to the owner.

·         What they’ve bought and why?

·         Where they keep something?

·         How they organise their belongings? From everyday essentials to inspirational ephemera.
When collectors of ephemera describe their collections to others, each object is a point in history, an experience, a story. Each object holds emotional value through memory and association. What do objects do that photographs do not? Objects are tactile, haptic and experiential, the purpose of the function of the object can be evident in its surface, texture and aesthetics. Can an illustration ever truly capture the qualities of the real?

Can illustration make the real into something else, make the real surreal, take it beyond the real to transcend the real into something beyond, something other worldly and magical. Into a place of fantasy. This links with the original ideas and motivations of the Wunder Kammer, fantasy, intrigue and novelty.
How do you take a mundane object and make it interesting?  Does the interest only come from the association with other objects? Objects together is what elevates the mundane into a complex narrative about people’s lives.

The subtext or subconscious narrative of people’s lives through the examination of their collections, their belongings and their personal effects.

Objects can be a personality profile.

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