This week for Material Cultures we visited the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and the Birmingham Bullring. Our task was to find objects that we can associate with our own object and to create a digital exhibition of the images of the respective objects found.
Task 1: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Inference: A ballerina gleefully dancing. To me it signifies freedom.
Inference: A group of men applying butter on a sheep’s coat to prevent it from getting parasites. I see a sense of care and mentorship.
Inference: Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. They symbolise transformation and transcendence.
Inference: A wonderful cabinet consisting of multiple drawers with the top half in the shape of a house – shows homeliness; whereas the bottom half signifies a kind of secrecy.
Task 2: Birmingham Bullring
Inference: The name of the brand ‘Faith’ and the usage of pastel colours which to me evoke openness and relaxation.
Inference: A group of mannequins clicking ‘selfies’ to me signifies a self-reflexive approach, which is necessary in order to understand one’s own object.
Inference: A greeting card showing a Cat Support Group because in my own object (the diary) my friends and colleagues have written goodbyes which shows support.
Inference: From the outside there is no way of knowing what the contents of these boxes could be; I believe a diary is somewhat similar.