Memory and Story of Everyday Object

Global Studio Proposal

Sophie (Qian Liu)

Memory and Story of Everyday Object

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The value of an object is more than it’s physical appearance and functionality. It is in fact the way object communicate with people, which create emotions, stories, or memories that make them unique and endure. How can people preserve things? What’s the relationship between physical object and individual person? How can objects tell stories? How can we read stories on the object that don’t belong to us?

There are five important key words that make Everyday Object become great and remarkable—- People, story, emotion, time, and “you”.  Objects were used by a person (you), and object also communication with you and other people to form memories/stories/ emotions in a period of time.

There are many communication tools in our life. Writing, design, music, photography are those people are familiar with in their daily life. However, not only these media can do the work of communication, but objects can do it as well. I want to refer back to Lauren Rediness, her emotion and sensitivity that expressed in her word and how she use art word in her book, which lost oral in her writing but increase participation with audience.

I want to relate my idea with curating and museum experience. Eventually I want make a business model or a website. Since there are a lot of stories/memories/history in our daily life with objects that we may not able to tell/say. I think virtual space would be a good platform to make it happen. People telling stories by curating their objects, and people read stories by looking at objects. 

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3 Responses to Memory and Story of Everyday Object

  1. prunsolee says:

    Sophie, I think it is a great concept that to create a space where non-artists and publics can exhibits their “objects” and share with others. The storytelling will be diverse, unexpected and personal. What objects are you hoping to display in the space? Is it going to be open-ended or limited to a certain catagory? I like how the idea is very interactive, and invites the public to participate in curatorial experience; they are often viewers and audiences. It also raises a critical question of who have access to an institution like museums and galleries.

  2. coops558 says:

    I think this is really interesting. A good source to look at might be http://storycorps.org/
    Its a place where people upload their own stories, there is also a section that that features animated shorts that use the stories from the site. Here are the animated shorts: http://storycorps.org/animation/

  3. I think this sentence really encapsulates what you’re getting at—“How can we read stories on the object that don’t belong to us?” It’s a great topic. It’d be interesting to see if you can take the idea further than a website (or our conventional idea of one). A website is very limited, we can’t really touch/smell the objects. Can you bring in the idea of ‘touch’ like we discussed in class? Putting objects on the web inevitably distorts them using photography as well—can you touch upon this notion too?

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