Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Transformation of a Proposal

The Interaction With Color Collection was developed from a fall 2011 proposal that I presented to an artist-in-residence program at a regional children’s museum. The proposal was intended to document the social interactions between people and objects from the museum’s toy collection. The transformation of the proposal into the Interaction With Color Collection occurred from my experience of presenting it to the museum’s committee and my own ongoing personal research. The Interaction With Color Collection has evolved from a selective grouping of objects, the children’s museum’s toy collection, to the role color represents within specific types of activities, characteristics of an object, and the human body as an object.
            The proposal for the children’s museum consisted of spending a month’s time period studying the toy collection. I proposed to restage selected objects from the collection to visually represent, using the medium of video, the interaction between a person and the importance of color to the toy’s function. An example would be the Rubik’s Cube, which the movement is the varied colored squares. My restaging of this concept of the toy collection would have exhibited the functionality of the toys instead of the main focus on the toy being an object from a certain time period. The children’s museum uses this interpretation for the history of a child’s life. The video presentation of the restaging could have been an addition to the collection for the public to view the toy object in an active form. The museum’s collection tended to be ‘fixed’ within the display cabinets and the proposal did not come to fruition.
            My own ‘fieldwork’ with the main focus of color and objects led me beyond my proposal for the children’s museum’s collection.  From my ‘fieldwork’ came the understanding that the Interaction With Color concept contained multiple layers of an objects active form. Some examples are color as symbolic meaning in activities such as the traffic light clip, red/ stop and green/ go, symbols to maintain traffic flow. The clip of painting the toe nails, which the body tends to become an object of adornment and representing the body as object. These examples are one of many to how these social interactions are perceived by the public viewer and their social and cultural background influences. The collection presents a broader view of color beyond the singular view of my toy collection proposal.

To view the April 2012 recent additions of the Interaction With Color Collection please visit the website. Several social media options are available on the front page of the website to stay updated on the recent additions of the collection. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Material Culture Symposium

           This weekend I attended the Material Culture Symposium at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware. The symposium was entitled Material Matters and panel themes consisted of Private Places and Contested Spaces and Consuming New Technologies, to name a few. These themes explored the use of material culture studies (object based research) in an interdisciplinary manner.
            While I gained new insight from the cross-disciplinary conversation, the tour at the end of the symposium of the collection was one of my main interests. Not only did the dialog of the tour revolve around the presentation of the collection, but the du Pont family’s private residence transitions into a museum environment. While Henry Francis du Pont’s expectations of his collection were for educational and inspirational purposes, I would need to do further research to understand his expectations of the collection and how they are perceived in the 21st Century. This research will enable me to develop my collection’s future identity. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Recent Additions - Social Media and the Collection

Screwdriver Collection
             The recent March 2012 additions for the Screwdriver Collection are updated on the website. Referring back to the last blog post (March 25, 2012) there are two versions of the collection to view on the website, one only contains the new March addition and the other option is to view the Screwdriver Collection in its entirety.
            For the element of public access of the collection, I have added two more social media options which are Pinterest and StumbleUpon. This offers several social media options for the public to keep updated on the recent additions.
            For now, I have been using Facebook’s “ask a question” feature to incorporate some interaction with the people who follow the collection with this social media. The questions have revolved mostly around the Coupon Collection and estimating the next monthly tally. For the Screwdriver Collection I asked in regards to the clips from the March additions “Which clip did you relate to using the screwdriver in that manner?” This question or poll option fulfills a possibility for the collection to offer some interaction with the participant’s experience in the intangible public domain (the internet).