GHOSTS & ZEITGEIST 'The Past in the Present'

'On her return that evening I had forgotten just how much i had missed her verve - she was a mirror to all of the quark, strangeness and charm in life - from the top to the bottom  ... the up and the down - a life so full of flavor and so beautifully spent. She wasted so little of it' 
( Copyrighted Image & quoted text from short story collection 'The beauty factory' by markmanning 2009

Research brief:
The Past in the Present  ( special collections )

Tutor; Mack Manning 
Research Task assignment

Research brief:
Question: Why is something SPECIAL ? contemplate how an object can hold emotion or intrigue ? Muse on these questions when you handle your object.
T. S. Eliot said; ''We shall not cease from exploration - And the end of all our exploring - Will be to arrive where we started - And know the place for the first time.'' from Elliots seminal Prose 'The Wasteland'
Select one item or a set of items from the Special Collections visit & talk from Jayne on Tuesday  - choose something that RESONATES with you and has a a potential story ?
TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS & if you wish MAKE notations & DRAWINGS -  ( Purchase on ebay a similar object for you to keep and work from )
Try to choose an object with the potential for deep research 
Research the CONTEXT and possible narrative of this object - related stories
By Context we mean....
The Social & Historical context - what was the sense of place like then and what space did this object inhabit ? EVIDENCE THIS - current trends and breakthroughs, Writers, Poets, Genres etc ' The Zeitgeist of the time - The Spirit of the Age ?
Is there a Personal history ? Use, Owner, Story - lifespan ?
Aesthetic - and design - evaluate it - it what does this say of the object ?
The connotations of the objects LOOK and its design - form. colour, pattern, symbolism - emotion or Utility
Can you imagine a personal narrative for this object - A PLACE . A domestic space , a HOME  and what of its owner ? or its SENSE OF PLACE in time ?

Research the STONE TAPE theory ?  ( see BBC film DVD 1960s ' The Stone Tapes' )
and read for artistic inspiration the following article 

Research the Social and Anthropological context of your object and its 'Era' and its ZEITGEIST and evidence this on your BLOG by considering and contemplating the above ideas - use images to support
Consider GHOSTS - read Rachel Whitereads work on edifying lost space ( also Boltanski, Hiller and Cornelia Parkers work)
We encourage an amalgam of analysis and of possible optional Creative writing - objective research and Personal 'Subjective' artistic research are all encouraged - be responsive. 
EXPLORE and Research your object and its USE - its History and ITS PLACE - socially and Historically.It is not required that you make practical work but do TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS & MAKE DRAWINGS if you wish to supplement your blog findings

The photographic image above is a Close friend to me. I own the photograph and took it in 1877 in Yorkshire.

''Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousand of miles and all the years you have lived.'' Helen Keller

Do Consider the full life of the inspirational Helen Keller,American author, political activist and lecturer, both Deaf and Blind - read her book and perceptions of the world and of objects and nature - all via touch
''Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of how Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become known worldwide through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Sullivan taught Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand, beginning with d-o-l-l for the doll that she had brought her as a present. A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes. 
Helen Keller was born in this small cottage on the Keller family's Ivy Green plantation.  Located in Tuscumbia, Alabama, it is also the place where Helen lived with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, after Miss Sullivan first arrived at Ivy Green.

Whiteread "Untitled (House) 1993", a concrete cast of the interior of a nineteenth century house in East London 
Also see GHOST at National Gallery click this link http://www.nga.gov/fcgi-bin/tinfo_f?object=128234.0&detail=none

and also re look at my added article on Paranormal STONE TAPE Theory here for creative thought