Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Studio Art and Design, MFA
Chan, Ying Kit
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
authenticity; extended self; exchange, use, and sign values; transition object; marketing; contamination
The works in "Thinging” are inspired by desire, the genuine and the false, systems of real and perceived values, the quest for immortality, the allure of things, our use of them to make ourselves, and imagining pasts and futures via objects. The following concepts are threaded through the work: cathexis, ritual as a value builder, collections, hoarding, display, object history, exchange, use, and sign values, and vibrant materiality. At the heart of my investigation is the quest to examine the origins of object power, and by what measures it can be evaluated: value from belief, market value, and something perhaps intrinsic and still to be explored. The first takes place in the mind, the second in the marketplace, the third, upon engagement, and often, they intersect. This thesis explores these concepts from three points of view: sociological, phenomenological, and ideological.
Burke, Tammy M., "Thinging : powerful objects." (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3203.
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