Objectscape: Objects as facets of the global economy and catalysts of identity
Mason, Jean Wood
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Fibers
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Fibers
Bibliography: pages 62-63
"This paper is predicated upon the idea that the massive uptick in immigration, travel, and internet usage in the 20th and 21st centuries has complicated our relationship with material goods and consequently our relationship with ourselves and our sense of culture. This investigation sets the context for my body of visual work presented in Objectscape which took place on May 26 2017 at Non‐Fiction Gallery. In this paper I explore the connections between globalization, material culture, and identity and what it means for 21st century society. First I will give a brief history of globalization, then discuss the human-object relationship; I argue why the terrain of physical items is the ideal space to investigate identity due to its demonstrated ability to bring together the physical and emotional worlds and expand upon our sense of connection to our social environment. I will then give a brief history of collecting and cataloguing, beginning with the cabinet of curiosities, then summarizing the motivations behind the development of anthropology, ethnographic practices, and the more recent boom in popularity of the heritage museum. Ultimately I defend the cabinet of curiosities as the least problematic mode of archiving due to its unapologetically subjective system of organization, and I provide this as the logic behind the choice of format for my exhibition Objectscape."
Keywords: globalization, objects, identity, cabinet of curiosities, material culture, hybridity, collecting
CHAIR: Smith, Jessica
PDF : 63 pages, color illustrations
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