Research Paper – Final Submission

An Object is just an Object, or is it? MA Fine Art Digital Research Paper – Michelle Wright – 18028931 October 2019 A comparative examination of the selected artworks ‘Present Tense’ (1996) by Mona Hatoum and ‘Personnes’ (2010) by Christian Boltanski; in relation to the philosophical context of Involuntary Memory and Collective Memory theorised by Marcel Proust and Maurice Halbwachs. Keywords | Hatoum | Boltanski | Involuntary Memory | Collective Memory | Objects | Halbwachs | Proust | Abstract Using qualitative research methodologies, a critical examination of the philosophical framework of memory theory defined by Marcel Proust and Maurice Halbwachs…

Draft Research Paper – Version 2

With a lifelong curiosity in familiar objects ordinarily overlooked and a prevailing tendency to carefully collect and attentively treasure random objects. This genuine interest has been more considerably developed after being drawn to the published book Evocative Objects by Sherry Turkle. With no outward apparent significance or specific meaning, these random commonplace objects undoubtedly possess a deep connection with our ordinary lives. When we invariably observe our potential associations with those familiar objects or thoughtfully consider what they have merely witnessed throughout the entire span of their material existence. We can subsequently identify these deeper connections we vicariously experience with…

Draft Research Question and Abstract – Version 2

An Object is just an Object, or is it? Research Question A comparative examination of the selected artworks ‘Present Tense’ (1996) by Mona Hatoum and ‘Personnes’ (2010) by Christian Boltanski; in the philosophical context of Marcel Prousts’ Involuntary Memory and Maurice Halbwachs’ Collective Memory. Keywords Boltanski | Hatoum | Involuntary Memory | Collective Memory | Objects | Halbwachs | Proust Abstract A systematic contextualisation of the key artworks; ‘Present Tense’ (1996) by Mona Hatoum and ‘Personnes’ (2010) by Christian Boltanski. Using qualitative research methodologies, a critical examination of the philosophical framework of memory theory defined by Marcel Proust and Maurice…

Research Paper Tutorial 2

The purpose of this tutorial with Gareth Polmeer was to further discuss the first draft of the research paper handed in on the 25th September 2019. I mentioned that the text was not yet complete and that some of the referencing required further attention and we briefly discussed the referencing, particularly what was required where I had paraphrased or discussed a particular text. We also discussed the use of the text Evocative Objects by Sherry Turkle and it’s purpose as a key point of reference for the document. Gareth suggested I emphasise the text as methodological and discuss further how…

Draft Research Paper – Version 1

Naturally possessing a lifelong interest in familiar objects ordinarily overlooked and a prevailing tendency to carefully collect and attentively treasure random objects. This genuine interest has been more considerably developed after being drawn to the published book Evocative Objects by Sherry Turkle. With no outward apparent significance or specific meaning, these random commonplace objects undoubtedly possess a deep connection with our ordinary lives. When we invariably observe our potential associations with those familiar objects or thoughtfully consider what they have merely witnessed throughout the entire span of their material existence. We can subsequently identify these deeper connections we vicariously experience…

Draft Research Question and Abstract – Version 1

An Object is just an Object, or is it? Research Question A comparative examination of the selected artworks ‘Personnes’ (2010) by Christian Boltanski and ‘Present Tense’ (1996) by Mona Hatoum; in the critical context of Involuntary Memory and Collective Memory. These creative works will be objectively evaluated against the critical context of the wider theoretical concepts of involuntary memory and collective memory first introduced by Marcel Proust and Maurice Halbwachs. This Research Paper will consistently advocate the philosophical argument that personal involuntary memories can spontaneously appear through direct or indirect interaction with insignificant, inauthentic objects. Our personal associations with such…