Material Memories: Design and Evocation

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Berg Publishers, Sep 1, 1999 - Design - 257 pages
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This book examines the way that objects 'speak' to us through the memories that we associate with them. Instead of viewing the meaning of particular designs as fixed and given, by looking at the process of evocation it finds an open and continuing dialogue between things, their makers and their consumers. This is not, however, to diminish the role of design in shaping human consciousness. The contributors do not view objects as blank carriers onto which humans project prior psychic dramas, but rather, place crucial importance on the precise materials from which they are made, their social, economic and historic reasons for being, and the way that we interact with them through our senses. This book therefore studies the physical within the intellectual, directly testing the concept of material culture.

With telling illustrations, and spanning the Renaissance to the present day, leading scholars converge across disciplines to explore the souvenir-value of jewellery, textiles, the home, the urban space, modernist design, photography, the museum and even the sunken wreck. Together they show how the sense of the past and of history, far from being a 'radical illusion' as some post-modernists claim, has been a deeply felt reality.

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The Physical Past
1
Sasan Stewart
17
The Material and The Mortal
37
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Edited by Marius Kwint, University of Oxford, Christopher Breward, Professor in Historical and Cultural Studies, London College of Fashion and Jeremy Aynsley, Joint Victoria & Albert / Royal College of Art Postgraduate Programme in History of Design.

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