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The World of Things

Visual Arts - Artwork in a Group Exhibition


Type Of Work


  • Visual Arts - Artwork in a Group Exhibition

Abstract


  • Artwork title: The world of things

    Year: 2011

    Medium: Ten collection items on loan from the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Annotated map.

    The ten objects within 'The world of things' on loan from the Powerhouse Museum, are 'devices of wonder'. Some mapped our place in the universe, some measured the space and time that we inhabit, some used technology to entertain, whilst others used science to deceive; but they are all beautifully designed and crafted objects that speak of the enchantment objects can still hold in the world in which we live.

    When confronted with these, now-obsolete things, our curiosity is aroused by the sense of mystery that enshrouds them. They appear mysterious because we have lost the context within which they once existed. To us they are like objects from elsewhere, perhaps from the past, but also from some possible future. In attempting to fathom their possible meaning, we are compelled to experience these devices directly; we study their physicality: size, weight, appearance, and features. In doing so, our minds are filled with possibilities, we imagine the place they once held in the world, or perhaps we may even imagine a place for them in our world or in some future world.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Law, J.. The World of Things. Artwork exhibited in the exhibition "Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art" - Performance Space. 15 April to 14 May. Sydney: 2011.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://www.jolaw.org/world/

Date Of Exhibition


  • 15 April to 14 May

Type


  • Artwork

Venue


  • Artwork exhibited in the exhibition "Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art" - Performance Space

Place Of Publication


  • Sydney

Type Of Work


  • Visual Arts - Artwork in a Group Exhibition

Abstract


  • Artwork title: The world of things

    Year: 2011

    Medium: Ten collection items on loan from the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Annotated map.

    The ten objects within 'The world of things' on loan from the Powerhouse Museum, are 'devices of wonder'. Some mapped our place in the universe, some measured the space and time that we inhabit, some used technology to entertain, whilst others used science to deceive; but they are all beautifully designed and crafted objects that speak of the enchantment objects can still hold in the world in which we live.

    When confronted with these, now-obsolete things, our curiosity is aroused by the sense of mystery that enshrouds them. They appear mysterious because we have lost the context within which they once existed. To us they are like objects from elsewhere, perhaps from the past, but also from some possible future. In attempting to fathom their possible meaning, we are compelled to experience these devices directly; we study their physicality: size, weight, appearance, and features. In doing so, our minds are filled with possibilities, we imagine the place they once held in the world, or perhaps we may even imagine a place for them in our world or in some future world.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Law, J.. The World of Things. Artwork exhibited in the exhibition "Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art" - Performance Space. 15 April to 14 May. Sydney: 2011.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://www.jolaw.org/world/

Date Of Exhibition


  • 15 April to 14 May

Type


  • Artwork

Venue


  • Artwork exhibited in the exhibition "Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art" - Performance Space

Place Of Publication


  • Sydney