Saturday, December 10, 2011

Overall - Collections Statement

My interdisciplinary approach to restaging the interaction between a person and an object exhibits the functionality of the process. I do this instead of focusing on an object from a certain time period that tends to interpret the history or social relations of a pertaining culture. A specific type of activity, object, or the human body can be the subject matter for forming a collection. By isolating the interaction of a person and object, such as documenting on a sterile white background, presents a focus on the detailed engagement between the two.

I am consciously considering the functionality of this interaction between the two when I start the collecting process. My process begins with ʻfieldworkʼ of observing types of objects or a particular activity that tends to have a specific utility. The ʻfieldworkʼ coincides with socially and culturally based research.

Borrowing from material culture methodologies such as visual and social anthropology along with observational cinema, these methods contribute to an image-based enquiry of the body and the senses with an ethnographic practice. [1] Employing either video or the actual object as a visual representation maintains the focus on the process by isolating the interaction that otherwise tends to be part of a daily routine.

My research has led me to this content and an understanding of some of the absences in the discussions and new approaches of material culture.[2] One example of these absences is Nicole Boivin’s argument for an approach to a new kind of social and cultural theory, but also to recognize how integral the material world is to how individuals and societies operate.[3]

The act of restaging my observations provides individual examples of functionality and the opportunity for future additions to a collection. The accumulation of each of the collections will represent the perspective of how fundamental the interaction between a person and an object is to a consistent consumption of the material world.

[1] Anna Grimshaw and Amanda Ravetz, Visualizing Anthropology (UK: Intellect Books, 2005), 6-7

[2] Nicole Boivin, Material Culture, Material Minds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 21-23

[3] Ibid, 22-23

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