Friday, 2 December 2011
From things to objects
“Technology and art make things sensible by transforming the world out there into inscriptions or intelligible signs on flat surfaces. Inscriptions such as writings, drawings, paintings, maps, and figures change the ‘stuff’ found in nature into simple, distinct objects with characteristics that humans can comprehend. The move from things (with their opaque materiality) to objects (as intelligible and abstract sums) brings nature into culture and imbues elements of nature with a halo of social meaning.” - Broglio, R., 2008. Technologies of the Picturesque: British Art, Poetry, and Instruments, 1750-1830, Bucknell University Press., p. 15.