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Looking — Tags: — Luke Thompson @ 3:10 am

Territories Map

Collecting,Design,thinking,Typography — Tags: , — Luke Thompson @ 3:00 am

This is the map i created for my map of my project so far. It is pretty much a glorieifed spider diagram- 25 words which can be linked most ways and any random 5 would create an interesting relationship and project. The map is firstly an illustration of my territory- this is the words. On the other side are various shapes of various sizes. The tool part of it starts when the viewer is asked to pick a set of 5 cards- do they pick all the cards of a certain shape, all the cards of a certain size ones, or the diagonals, the most aesthetic pattern or randomly. These choices then corespond to the words on the reverse creating new groupings. (The words on the reverse are also ordered (by shape) into 5 categories

Curation:    labeling, criteria, rhyming objects, display.

Frames and Boundaries:    gaps, proximity, storage, horizontal space

Accumulation:        repetition, gathering, acquisition, copying

The Collector:        sequential, completion, validation, context abstraction

The Artifact:        taxidermy, scale and proportion, typologies, sets and groups, specimen

At the moment these are also functioning as chapter headings for my context report but im pretty sure ill  need to hack these down to a more managable size.

Party Invite

'Real' Work,Design,Making — Tags: , , — Luke Thompson @ 2:49 am

Just Because

Deptford Market,Design — Tags: , , , , — Luke Thompson @ 4:25 am

needed to blog- and I’ve been saving these for a rainy day. Enjoy.matchbook01.jpgmatchbook02.jpgmatchbook03.jpgmatchbook04.jpggrinding-paste01.jpggrinding-paste02.jpggrinding-paste03.jpg

Freud’s House

freuds-house-1.jpgfreuds-house-2.jpgfreuds-house-3.jpgWent over to Freud’s house in Finchley at the weekend. He only lived there for about a year of his life (he died shortly after leaving Nazi occupied Austria, in 1939) But importantly it houses his library, furniture and collections. His passion for collecting ancient artefacts, was second only to his addiction to cigars apparently- many small figurines were housed cabinets, shelves and noteably filling approximatley half of his desk- i’m going to refrain from talking about fetishism here or suggest that a historical item from some egyptian burial chamber is an absent phallus. Freud used his collection as a metaphor for psychoanalysis using it to show how conscious material wears away whilst the unconcious is relativley unchanging- i.e. in being buried, the artefacts in the room were preserved. There are very few things connecting Freud’s collection together; the fact that the great man owned them is probably validation enough as to their criteria for being a collection, however they were all very old some up to 4500 years old, of either ancient near eastern, greco, egyptian, roman or chinese. The most interesting thing about this carefully accumulated, kept and displayed ‘museum’ is how subjective it is. Anyway, I think he’s an interesting guy with an interesting collection- i hope i can say more later about it but this might be it.

Tutorial No.1

Design,process,Reflection,thinking — Tags: — Luke Thompson @ 3:20 pm

I had my first tutorial today with Laura, it went well and hopefully i need to just carry on. Laura asked us to send her a brief overview of our territories to get to know what was going on and one of the things was listing 3 weaknesses and 3 strengths with the project- this was interesting as it helped me get out some of the things i was thinking about but hadn’t externalised- some things were: that i think people outside of a design context (and of course within it) will be able to relate and engage with the project, i reckon everyone collects something- (this is something i need to come back to and explore more- i think a questionnaire for the moment would suffice with a follow up ‘collection of the week’ book for some of them to be photographed and displayed.) Mini projects are good. I need to get more people involved- collectors, curators and people who might be interesting. I’ve been wanting to do this but my to-do list is finally getting shorter and so i should be able to get involved on another level next week- interviews, by either email or video will be good. I also want the time to do some drawing- bad Luke- draw all the time.

Seizure

Exhibition,Looking,Out and About — Tags: , — Luke Thompson @ 2:49 pm

A great temporary installation in a condemned flat in Elephant & Castle by Roger Hiorns. The whole flat was filled with copper sulphate solution and as a result (I’m missing out alot of time and process but this is the jist) crystals formed on all the surface- baths, light fittings- very special and everyone should go see it before the close on the 30th Nov.seizure-1.jpgseizure-2.jpg

Cigarette Cards (from some tea)

Collecting — Tags: , , , — Luke Thompson @ 2:42 pm

Another internet facilitated collection. I liked that i could collect both the cards and indirectly the moths and butterflies- two collections in one. Beautiful tiny tactile objects- i don’t really like tea but I’d probably buy more of it if sweet little cards like this came in it. (probably not- maybe if they were total sets- then definitely- i guess the thing, as advertising or incentive hangs on the need to complete the set- do they expect you to get 25 boxes of this tea and then change- like one of those shit magazines? probably not- i guess they change the cards then- ahhh cunning- anyway it’s all about sets and completion and how I’ve payed £2 and acquired it real easy and no tea- more fool you tea bosses- or more fool me because it was free to begin with and I’ve just payed for it, maybe i could get some comments on this one- i think it’s more interesting than i first thought it was).

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Stamps

Collecting — Tags: , — Luke Thompson @ 2:32 pm

I got this collection of 50 Princess Diana stamps from ebay – interesting?diana-stamp-1.jpgdiana-stamp-2.jpg

Baudrillard

Quote — Tags: , — Luke Thompson @ 2:15 pm

Jean Baudrillard, The System of Objects, translation: James Benedict, Verso, London, 2005. Part B, Ch. 2: A Marginal System: Collecting.

“Littre’s dictionary defines ‘objet’ in one of it’s meanings as ‘anything which is the cause or subject of a passion; figuratively – and par excellence – the loved object’.”

“If i use a refrigerator to refrigerate, it is a practical mediation: it is not an object but a refrigerator. And in that sense i do not possess it. A utensil is never possessed, because a utensil refers one to the world; what is possessed is always an object abstracted from its function and thus brought into relationship with the subject.”

“At on extreme, the strictly practical object acquires a social status: this is the case with the machine.  At the opposite extreme, the pure object, devoid of any function or completely abstracted from its use, takes on a strictly subjective status: it becomes part of a collection. It ceases to be a carpet, a table, a compass or a knick knack and becomes an object in the sense in which a collector will say ‘a beautiful object’ rather than specifying it, for example, as ‘a beautiful statuette’. An object no longer specified by its function is defined by the subject, but in the passionate abstractness of possession all objects are equivalent. And just one object no longer suffices: the fulfillment of the project of possession always means a succession or even a complete series of objects.”

“Only a more or less complex organization of objects, each of which refers to all the others, can endow each with an abstractness such that the subject will be able to grasp it in that lived abstractness which is the experience of possession.”

“Collecting, however offers a model here: through collecting, the passionate pursuit of possession finds fulfillment and the everyday prose of objects is transformed into poetry, into a triumphant unconscious discourse.”

“Collectors are forever saying that they are ‘crazy about’ this or that object, and they all without exception – even where the perversion of fetishism plays no part – cloak their collection in an atmosphere of clandestineness and concealment, of secrecy and sequestration, which in every way suggests a feeling of guilt. It is this passionate involvement which lends a touch of the sublime to the regressive activity of collecting; it is also the basis of the view that anyone who does not collect something is ‘nothing but a moron, a pathetic human wreck’(M. Fauron, president of the cigar-band collectors’ association, in Liens, May 1964)”

“Collecting is thus qualitative in its essence and quantitative in its practice.”

“In the words of Muarice Rheims: ‘For man, the object is a sort of insentient dog which accepts his blandishments and returns them after his own fashion, or rather which returns them like a mirror faithful not to real images but to images that are desired. (Rheims, La vie etrange des objets, pg 50)”

“The unique object is in fact simply the final term, the one which sums up all the others, that it is the supreme component in an entire paradigm (albeit a virtual, invisible or implicit one) – that it is, in short, the emblem of the series.”

“The object obtains exceptional value only by virtue of its absence.”

phew.

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