BEYOND THE OBJECT - POST-ABLE EXPERIENCES 2021
"The pandemic has changed our lives forever - an influx of online museum and gallery visits could suggest there is no longer a need to visit places in person. Even as the world is starting to open again, to help stop transmission, we are asked not to touch - does this affect our experience?"
- Emma Barrow 2021
WHO AM I?
I'm Emma - a UK practice-based PhD student currently working on a research project that intends to discover if looking and touching or just looking makes a difference to our experience and perception of an artwork - whilst quietly questioning traditional Western aesthetic values!
As a designer - maker and installation artist, my research aims to aid better designs and experiences for my participants. My installation topics are inspired by current events that resonate and inspire - my work aims to start a conversation. Such themes can sometimes be controversial - but aim to highlight a conversation we should start. Previous installations have been based on investigating materialism and consumerism through the use of animal bi-products and another intended to highlight a multi-perspective view of Alzheimer’s.
WHAT IS A POST-ABLE EXPERIENCE?
The object you receive is a miniature artwork, whether made or ‘found’ the object is my response to a concept. Some will be contained in a way that the artefact is not directly accessible - as you would see it in a museum or gallery - only allowing for a visual response, the rest will receive the object to play and feel with as you wish!
WHY A POST-ABLE EXPERIENCES?
If there is one thing that will enforce re-assessment of a project, it is likely to be a pandemic. To ensure my research stays inline with government guidelines and for the safety and wellbeing of my participants, instead of you having to come to a large-scale installation, the post-ables can travel to you - to the safety and comfort of your own home - within the post-able you will receive an object to be pondered. All I ask from you as a participant is for the experience to be voice recorded.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
If you would like to take part in the project, please click on the contact me link.
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