Dienstag, 25. Oktober 2011

Visit at the Museum of Objects

The Museum of Objects is not easy to be found: I'd discovered it accidentally while wandering around Kottbusser Tor. First, I saw an announcement of a conference about hermeneutics hosted there and wanted to find out more what it is all about. 
The museum is a testimony of the evolution and history of the daily life. We gather objects and we like to have them around as a symbol of material prosperity, achievement and emotions. We inherit, were given and bring them from a place to another, create their stories and include them in our personal histories.
The design and forms of the various small little objects are reflecting the changes taking place into the European social history. Bigger objects need bigger places to be deposited. An object is not always simply useful, it receives various meanings and significations beyond the daily use.
 The industrialization made us more careful about how do we use our time.
Through the objects you can understand better a culture and civilization. These sociological and anthropological aspects are driving me very often to the flea markets where I can freely wander through the mountains of objects.
This is a memory of my primary school, where we put a high prize on a good and original Pelikanol. I should explore more the cultural connections.
One of the merits of the museum is the wise way to use the space. You will not find too many indications, only main lines of the historical period and some technical aspects related to the exhibits.
We don't expect that the objects are purely serving us for practical purposes, but we decide to make a choice also based upon their aesthetical value, the colour and the forms.
Nationalism and identity building through objects may be easier than through books and discourses. Remnants of the WWII.
 The memories of the war and its aftermath are kept everywhere.
After one hour, it may be exhausting or boring to see objects obsesively stuffed in small spaces. But, think about: don't you have the same concentration of (unuseful) inanimated objects in your home? How often when moving from a place to another you suffered deeply for not being able to carry them all from a place to another. And, seriously, how many of them are you using on a daily basis and how often you simply forget that you had this object - that you considered for a second indispensable - in your kitchen
Memories of the very hip-years of the 70s...Another corner of the rich archive of objects.
 Religious symbolism of objects.
 I am convinced those objects weren't intended to be for the use of children's only.
A full furnished Frankfurt kitchen from the 60s. An almost perfect space management, with many shelters accomodating our crazy need of gathering food and objects. In such a kitchen, everything is prepared easily and fast and the woman is free to spend more time out, at work or in general, outside the kitchen.

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