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The Secret Meaning of Things. Lecture 2: Material Culture and The Everyday. Material Culture The Study of “Things”. Artifacts are ‘tools’ but also as signals, signs and symbols. Their use and functions are multiple and intertwined; their meaning is often subliminal and unconscious.

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The Secret Meaning of Things

Lecture 2:

Material Culture and

The Everyday

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Material Culture

The Study of “Things”

Artifacts are ‘tools’ but also as

signals, signs and symbols

Their use and functions are multiple and intertwined; their meaning is often subliminal and unconscious

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The Meaning of Things

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The things people use, own, and surround themselves with might accurately reflect their personality. Not surprisingly, the clothes one wears, the car one drives and the furnishings of one’s home, all are expressions of one’s self, even when they act as disguises rather than as reflections.

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The Meaning of Things

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

… the things that surround us are inseparable from who we are …

… objects are intimately related to the self …

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The Meaning of Things

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

… the material environment that surrounds us is rarely neutral….

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The Meaning of Things

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

… the material environment that surrounds us is rarely neutral … it either helps the forces of chaos that make life random and disorganised or it helps to give purpose and direction to one’s life.

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Toothpicks and Logos

John Heskett

Utility and Significance in Everyday Objects

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Toothpicks and Logos

John Heskett

Utility and Significance in Everyday Objects

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Toothpicks and Logos

John Heskett

Utility and Significance in Everyday Objects

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Toothpicks and Logos

John Heskett

Even the smallest utilitarian objects are capable of embodying values

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Q: When is a sheep not a sheep?

A: When it’s a work of art.

Damien Hirst, Away from the Flock, 1994

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Roland Barthes (1915-1980)

Mythologies 1957 (1993)

Semiotics

Objects as ‘signs’

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Roland Barthes

Mythologies 1957 (1993)

Citroën DS (Déesse) - 1955

… cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the Gothic cathedrals … the supreme creation of an era..

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Roland Barthes

Mythologies 1957 (1993)

Semiotics - the study of ‘signs’

Signifier:

its physical form

(ie: a diamond ring)

Signified:

the mental concept it refers to

(ie: engagement)

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Roland Barthes

Mythologies 1957 (1993)

A photograph will be a kind of speech for us in the same way as a newspaper article; even objects will become speech

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Jeans = signfier

Beauty = signified

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What are increasingly produced are not material objects,

but signs

Roland Barthes

Perfume = signfier

Physical Allure = signified

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Richard Hamilton

Just What is it that Makes

Today’s Homes so Interesting, so Appealing? 1956

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The Chapman Family Collection

Jake and Dinos Chapman 2002

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Neil Cummings

The Collection Yellow 1998

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Tony Cragg(1949-)

We have such a bad physical relationship to the objects and material we produce that it is almost embarrassing to consider the metaphysical, the poetical, the mythological.

Staubsauger - 1981

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Rainer Spehl

Every object in the world can pass from a closed silent existence to an oral state

Roland Barthes

Qoffee stool 2000

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Material Culture

And The Everyday

Material Culture

The Study of ‘Things’

(artifacts of Everyday life)

Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi

The ‘things’ that surround us are inseparable from who we are (‘things’ are never neutral)

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Material Culture

And The Everyday

John Heskett

Utility and Significance of Everyday things

Roland Barthes

Everyday objects are not just ‘things’ but a complex system of signs which allow us to read meaning into people and places