The interaction of objects
The privilege of owning a mass of objects equates to the controlling of such objects. Some are significant enough to stash away, hidden from the world for sake of safety, for keeping for a lifetime. The emotional, sentimental, and financial value that is placed on objects refers to a very human need to categorise, to give sense too and consider the importance of the things we cannot help but hold on to. On some levels these are placed above the objects of the everyday, those piled on top of one another, forcefully interacting, essential clutter that consumes our lives with neither thought nor care. We could not however exist without such objects, without the endlessness of it all, each is important, and each shall stay. The significance here refers to the inevitable and infinite interactions of objects within our interior spaces, as imagined as possible for us to make,within the reality of our existence. The existence the object’s experience is one that is curated by the need of the human and dictate the other objects they are interacting with. The juxtaposition of materiality often explores such interactions, for example a damp towel on a warm radiator, bottles of beer propping up unread novels, the artificial plastic of wires snaking across the soft carpet. These forced interactions that result from the inevitability of existence ensure objects are constantly interacting in ways that challenge the traditional expectations of organisation, and yet they inform the patterns of everyday life to the extent that we are both controlled by, and controlling such experiences.
When considering how objects (while interacting with one another) occupy space, the significance remains where the space they occupy is found. Spaces within our homes collide to form interiors. They do not always have a purpose however, some space defies occupation, but those that do are significant in the objects that are placed there. The exploration of objects within a certain space directs notions of purpose, familiarity, importance, and value and in turn informs the subsequent interactions. The experience had of such objects differs to that of those randomly placed, these objects are specific, certain and constant, a stable moment in the rush of everyday, their location known to all and their purpose retained, these never change and will always interact with those they need beside them. When changes occur in the previous consistency of such interactions, the chain is broken between the objects once required together,impossible apart, they find a new purpose, or no purpose at all. This chain could also be cyclical, it only breaks at its weakest point, rarely stronger apart, each object is required in the delicate interactions imposed upon certain spaces are vital, these will exist for their whole lifetime, loyal and essential.
What about photographs stuck to walls, plates on top of camera boxes, on top of books on top of wardrobes? What about balls of paper and broken hopes, next to banana peels and chewing gum? What compulsion within us requires such a need to force these objects into interaction? These interactions dictate both the lives of these objects and the lives of ourselves, easy, softly, dancing with us everyday informing every second. Have you ever noticed how the folds of worn clothes engulf one another with more presence than most people? Or how broken things now purposeless, gain even more importance now lifeless. Some objects are in love with each other, warm, delicate, kind, caring and peaceful. Some are so cold. So, derived of interactions that they should be parted immediately. These lovers parted, soon to find their better pairing, suited to their capacity for emotion. Emotional objects can be quite shy and hidden,under desks and behind cabinets, yet they never fail to acknowledge their existence, in their careful, slow and gentle interactions.
Objects interact with each other and with us. Where would you collapse if you had no bed, the sad reality being that this is the reality for some. This makes all the more important our interactions with the objects we are fortunate to find within our procession. Sometimes these fill us with guilt, guilt for a simultaneous want for both more and for less. To minimalise is the opposite of collecting, where collections and hoardings of objects force interactions that are natural and familiar. It is close and kind and friendly, as these objects stack and tessellate, informing each other of their existence, perfectly surrounded by those the same as themselves. What about the objects that do not make it? The broken toasters and shattered mirrors. Cracked cups and wobbly chairs. Their fate returns to their purpose, purposeless and unaesthetic, emotionless and stale. Shattered mirrors fail at their purpose and yet they deliver an arguably more beautiful visual than before. Beautiful objects are intentionally placed in interaction with others to gain a level of aesthetic appreciation from a space in the making of an interior. These are favoured for their appearance,sometimes despite lack of purpose. Lacking purpose enforces an alternative interaction between objects and results in an equally differing experience.