'Question your teaspons'- Georges Perec
I feel there is a need to question the backdrop of our everyday lives: consisting of objects, places, things, and all other parts of the life we inhabit. I have looked at things, 'things' like walls to furniture, approaching these spaces and places by studying their surfaces, isolating them from their spaces, producing digital, life-sized prints and draping them over the original object, and as of late, producing videos animating these objects within and slightly more than within their functional design.
To me, it is essential that we recognise and acknowledge these objects for they are artefacts/relics of our time, containing individual and collective memories. They are also cystallisations of anxieties and aspirations. They inhabit more of us than what we imagine them too.
// How should we take account of, question, describe what happens everyday and recurs everyday, the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infra-ordinary, the background noise, the habitual?
To question the habitual. But that's just it, we're just habituated to it. We don't question it, it doesn't question us, it doesn't seem to pose a problem, we live it without thinking, as if carried within it neither questions nor answers, as if it weren't the bearer of any information. This is no longer even conditioning, its anesthesia. We sleep through our lives in a dreamless sleep. But where is our life? Where is our body? Where is our space?
...It matters alot to me that they should seem trivial and futile: that's exactly what makes them just as essential, it not more so, as all the other questions by which we've tried in vain to lay hold on our truth.
- Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other pieces, pp. 209-211//