magical objects

art = magical objects?
02.02.14 BY Bridget
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We can do whatever we like to things, but magical things are things that we allow and expect to do things back to us. Magical things surpass themselves, in allowing us to increment or surpass ourselves with them. They are things, as we say, to be, conjured with.
– Steven Connor
 here is a link to an interesting lecture on Thing Theory as Steven Connor calls it
Perhaps art objects offer greater reflexivity (magicalness) – that is they can operate on the maker/viewer as well as being acted upon by a maker/reader and that is an accepted thing.  Although I have to say the difference between a sculpture and a tea cup can be quite minimal in affect. 
Love Stuff
18.09.12 BY Bridget
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In 2011 I was part of a class facilitated by Goldin+Sennaby, whilst studying at the Kunglia Konsthogskolan (Royal College of Art) in Stockholm. The class was constructed as a series of meetings, hosted by each participant in turn. The meetings could be anywhere and take whatever format might be useful, the meeting as a performance, and as a structuring device for information. I found it a difficult and valuable exercise to imagine how a meeting could clarify and deepen my practice – what would the meeting be about? I wanted to talk about sculpture, about the attribution of meaning, in particular the possibility of a non-narrative or physically embodied meaning.


I really enjoy Michael Taussig’s strange blend of anthropology, cultural history, magic and storytelling, and I read quite a bit of archeology research. So it seemed logical that investigat