I value the use of the ‘object’ to explore people’s relationship with their neighbourhood, city, particular spaces and places and with each other.
Many places change constantly, and this has great effect upon people’s psychological and physical experiences. Objects can be personal and intimate, they can be gifts, can be found and lost, and can be remembered. Juxtapose different objects and promote conversation and you have the possibility to create new dialogue and new and varied relationships. The exploration of the relationships between objects can be used as a powerful metaphor that enable people to converse in an imaginative process of mutual exchange. We see objects differently as we see places differently – one object but different meanings, different viewpoints, different angles, different history. People can learn to share their different interpretations of the environment through interpretation of the object and this has the potential to be a process of mutual benefit. The key is to recognise any ‘exchange’ or sharing process as a valuable and useful end in itself and a potential ‘construct’ or structure itself of ideas, thoughts, memories, stories, reactions, opinions, responses, that if recorded or ‘captured’ become a framework for further development – whatever that development might be.