This blog will comprise a collection of ephemera, mess and miscellaneous artifacts reflecting on the writer's life.

Monday, May 15, 2006

sculpting with no objects

This week I am going to think about worn objects,
also about no objects.
David told me about these two and about sculptors who do not produce objects
as part of their practice.
We wondered what a post-object society would look like,
and following Braudrillard, what happens when objects cease to be signifiers.
If you look at the work of this architecture practice, you can see what a non-object based architecture practice could look like.
This exhibition is about fear, and fearful objects.
The next thing, ofcourse, for all us bloggers, is to think about the web as a place where objects disappear and vanish.
One of my students once asked me about old blogs.
Where do they go when they stop being used?
So obviously museum curators think this is the most important heritage dilemma.
Curating new media turns out to be the latest thing.
Look here for more about curating new media.
So, how would you curate a blog?
Is it a disappearing object?
Answers on a postcard please, to this address.
What are these objects?
Are they real?


Joolz said...

Yes they are real. We did this in o level biology and there is a word to describe how they go to the light. Is it tropism? I am interested in second hand objects and in how some people prefer them.

Kate said...

Sometimes these objects are called vintage I think.
These are poppies in yoghurt pots put up for an exhibition in Rotherham but I am not sure where they are now.
I am also interested in fake objects.
I nearly just bought a fake handbang.

Sheila Webber said...

Hello, can I join in? I met DrKate at a faculty teaching committee, which shows that perhaps they might have some use, even if accidentally.
I teach at Sheffield, blog about information literacy on blogspot and photograph mostly flowers, trees, the sea and bits of rock (I put these on my blog). However, I am now getting urges to photograph my clothes as well, which is perhaps a bit .. hmmmmm self-absorbed (though here's one I did yesterday

Anyway, our blog did disappear: we started an information literacy blog in April 2003, using Moveable Type which happened to be set up on a server here which was being used for a techie project. We kept posting pretty regularly, but in June last year someone hacked in, then the RA who knew linux left, so basically I have an archive file with over 2 years of postings & photos which I have yet to do something with. I'm NOT a techie, so learning how to resurrect MT under linux was out of the question.
There are though substantial traces of the old blog - for example: - googling "information literacy weblog" brings up the new blog, but close to the top is a posting on a US blog saying that "For several weeks now, the Information Literacy Weblog has been returning a 404. It appears to no longer exist."
- thw web address / lives on in articles and powerpoints that we wrote or that people wrote about us, and in a couple of books, and where other sites had linked to us
- Google seems to have a few random entries cached

So lots of pointers to something that no longer exists publicly and which is difficult to access even for me. When it originally went down and for some time afterwards I really felt quite bereft and others who liked it were also rather upset. Now, although I still want to resurrect some of the content (like reports I did from conferences) I supposed I have moved on with my new relationship/blog.

This may not address your actual question (curating and preserving?) I suppose it must be like, given the slightest excuse, wanting to tell the tale of a loved pet that you lost.

Kate said...

Welcome to the blog Sheila, and I will rush over and look at yours it is great to get a new comment and also my new current obsession is going across disciplines (see today's post) so maybe I can rush across to yours?