Objects

Fascinating blog post about touch

holding the moment of holding

A recent edition of the BBC Worldservice programme, The Forum, focussed on ‘The real vs the virtual’. Amongst the guests was Edmund de Waal, potter and author. Bridget Kendall, the host of the programme spoke, rather gushingly, about how holding one of de Waal’s pot allowed her to commune with de Waal himself… I am being somewhat unkind as her response is not uncommon amongst people blessed with, what I would consider to be, a romantic imagination. Lots of people, historians and archaeologists being foremost amongst them, have a strong, emotional response to holding a a special object or being in a certain space. Through the object they believe themselves to be in direct contact with the person who held or made that object or who occupied that space in the past. I have to confess to a certain cynicism as I don’t share this response; however lots of…

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Held in the Hand

Held in the Hand

This fascinating collection of objects, housed in a special box, was created by 13 artists across the UK who made handheld tactile objects, commissioned by Leicestershire Artworks, with funding from Renaissance East Midlands.

This magical box is available for loan to schools and local communities, and is a brilliant, interactive concept to help engage and stimulate creativity in people including those with severe learning disabilities and dementia…

http://www.leics.gov.uk/index/leisure_tourism/museums/open_museum/artworks/heldinthehand.htm