What Would Objects Do Without Us

What Would Objects Do Without Us
2011

Installation view
Three collages with A3 b/w photocopy, one collage with A2 photocopy (gloss paper), one A3 colour photocopy, ten wooden poles of varying sizes, sound (5min loop), wall-based collage (photocopy, wooden poles), two floor-based collages (multiple sheets of A3 b/w photocopy)
Vesch Gallery, Vienna
A collaboration with Ben Cain

What do we do for objects, what do they do for us? Things just sit there quite still, doing nothing, and are forced to become all sorts of other things without them even saying a word.
On display here is an object’s move from being a familiar thing (with which we know how to behave), to being an unfamiliar thing (who’s value or use-value doesn’t immediately fit into the familiar order of things).
Objects are perceived here as action-producing, and at the same time they are innocent bystanders.
The sound played over the speakers is the sound of objects moving in unison, doing their own thing? If the objects are independent, and act without our directions, what’s our part in all this?
Think of the scene in Disney’s Fantasia where the brooms clean all by themselves, although think of this scene without the objects taking on a servile role.

 

What Would Objects Do Without Us
2011

Limited print, offset edition
Vesch Gallery, Vienna
A collaboration with Ben Cain

What do we do for objects, what do they do for us? Things just sit there quite still, doing nothing, and are forced to become all sorts of other things without them even saying a word.
On display here is an object’s move from being a familiar thing (with which we know how to behave), to being an unfamiliar thing (who’s value or use-value doesn’t immediately fit into the familiar order of things).
Objects are perceived here as action-producing, and at the same time they are innocent bystanders.
The sound played over the speakers is the sound of objects moving in unison, doing their own thing? If the objects are independent, and act without our directions, what’s our part in all this?
Think of the scene in Disney’s Fantasia where the brooms clean all by themselves, although think of this scene without the objects taking on a servile role.