Over the past weeks I have been researching into various subject areas,and the main one that stood out to me was my relationship with objects. Following previous ‘Meshwork of object’ constellation sessions I was inspired to write about our relationships with objects, after taking a trip to Cardiff museum. Whilst walking through the museum I was interested in seeing how each object had a meaning that was given to it by its creator and how it’s placement within that exhibition was considered.
This then inspired me to think of how the different materials used for different objects also contribute to how humans interact with them. The nature of some materials can draw individuals to have a closer connection with the object. For example if an object was created using a material such as bubble wrap some people would be more willing to interact with it, because the material is usually associated with something fun. The same goes for materials which are soft/smooth, these materials are more desirable and make people want to touch them. On the other hand, objects which have a hard or rough exterior might be less desirable to people and therefore fewer people will want to interact with them. Therefore, you see that materials play a large role in our relationships with objects, as we are more likely to want to interact with something soft over something with a hard/ rough exterior.
Whilst walking through the museum I was interested in the process behind each object, its background, why it was created and why they had chosen to present that object in a way so that it wasn’t interactive anymore. Each object has a meaning to why it belongs, they exist so that we are able to use, move and explore them, so I want to explore why exhibition spaces go against the purpose of an object, therefore exploring the restricted relationship between humans and objects within an exhibition space.
Moving on from this, I decided to look deeper into the different themes that develop from this subject. I decided to look at my subject area and what was important to me. I use technology every day in my subject and in my social life, and I thought it would be interesting to research further into our relationship with those technological objects.
For my dissertation I have decided to explore our dependency on technological objects, discovering why we become so dependent on those inanimate objects. As technology grows It becomes harder to understand what technological objects might represent, for example, considering how our perceptions have influenced the way we consider objects and how they define us. Objects control and restrict us in many ways which leads me to discover how our experiences affects the way we create relationships with objects or is it the material of objects that makes them more intriguing.
My relationship with technology has definitely grown since starting in university, I have become more dependant on it in my work, my designs, social life and keeping in contact with my family. My reliance on these objects inspired me to think how people gain relationships with ‘things’ from previous experiences. However, even though technology makes my day-to-day life easier, I argue that the use of technology is restricting my creative freedom, for example, there is only so far you can modify designs on the computer, however creating something by hand, you are able to create work that is personal to you and that shows your individuality.
After researching further into different theories it’s become clear that, technology is controlling us and the way we perceive things. As technology continues to develop, our relationships with these objects becomes even stronger. We are much more vulnerable when it comes to technology today, we rely on it to save our lives, keep track of our health or rely on technology for our emotional connections to others. I am also intrigued to discover what effect technological objects have on art and design, which again has developed from objects controlling and restricting us in many ways.
Before going into depth about the subject I am writing about I decided to give a brief overview of the relationship between humans and all objects. Using research and theories discussed by others I have discovered that all objects have a purpose, which is given to them by someone or a previous experience. Through this people are able to make connections with those objects, for example, if I was to walk into a room some everyday objects have no particular interest to me, so they would just remain in the background. However it is important to consider how those objects might have a purpose to others, for example, a packet of cigarettes wouldn’t grab my attention because I’m not a smoker, but to someone who is, that object would have a purpose.
After writing the proposal It was interesting to see how you as an individual can develop an emotional attachment to a particular object, where others might not have, for example, the background and previous experiences, leading the individual to develop their own personal interest. As we discovered the space I became aware that my fellow peers had different opinions on the objects/ artworks which reflected their practice.
I have found it challenging to create a structure in my work and I also found it difficult to create valid arguments without starting to discuss other themes that were similar. Before starting on my dissertation I want to collect many more references that include similar theories to my subject, so that I have a better coverage of opinions. This will make my work much more effective and interesting.