171012 Stuff and nonsense

By October 17, 2012Uncategorized, zBlog Archives

And some days the practical has to give way to the theoretical.  I’m currently doing some research on stuff, objects and rubbish.  So today’s pic is a few of the books I’ve been looking at today.  Daniel Miller’s Stuff  is a good read and exonerates me from my guilt at hoarding stuff, since ‘Culture comes above all from stuff’.  I wonder if this means that as I have lots of stuff, I’m über-cultured?  Interesting as Stuff is, there are no pictures in it, so for the visual stimulus, I turned to Objects by Martin Parr.  A sentence from his introduction really resonates with me, namely: ‘[The collections] echo the themes of my work as a photographer, which I also define as a form of collecting.  By applying some order to our chaotic world, and assembling things into categories … I can make a more coherent statement about my relationship with the world’.  However, the best find of the day was Joseph Cornell’s work in John Scanlan’s On Garbage.  Oh, this is a man after my own heart.


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