- "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand..."
- -Confucius, Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)
Laurence Sterne wrote Tristram Shandy- one of the most iconic novels in English language today. The talk by Partick Wildgust, Curator of Shandy Hall Museum (3), was thought provoking in a time where education seems to be going through a 'silent crisis'. Students are victims of a materialistic time where making money is the ultimate goal rather than producing and communicating work that will benefit humanity as a whole. Wildgust, whilst promoting the works of Laurence Sterne, has gained vast experience in public engagement and interpreting Sterne's works and objects to a wider audience. He believes that "some objects give us the future and give us the past- visibly". Objects speak to us as a result of our imagination. They liberate us, intrigue us and open vast possibilities. But is the creation of our imagination what matters or can objects have significant context of their own?
Existentialism- about J.P Sartre,Nausea and my research as a whole?" A fundamental question that I believe I will carry on exploring throughout the coming years of my work and study. The exercises give by Jenkins- to choose an object in groups to talk about it- was an excellent way to discuss objects significance in relation to research and stories that would be appealing to the general public. In my group, we choose an old music box and a collection of postcards. The tune from the music box automatically brought back good memories to Patrick Wildgust from Shandy Hall. He was reminded of his childhood and to our surprise, recalled the exact tune. The group mentioned how the public could become nostalgic hearing the tune and experiencing such an object that seem to carry a lot of stories from the past. For me, the tunes had a negative association- as I recently watched a horror film where children were enchanted by a tune from an ice cream van! The box, however, was nicely decorated showing a scene similar to that of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's dream with fairies and angles.This shows that there is no limits on one's imagination when it comes to choosing objects to communicate a certain message, image or have a specific effect on the audience, as mentioned during the training day "there is no one story, but vast possibilities and there are all in the hands of the researcher".
|Henry VIII: Dressed to Kill|
And only when I thought I have hit a wall with my research and the world seemed to have come to an end, I see the light again, and it is all thanks to events like Sensory stories, where we are reminded of why we pursued the topic, why we fell in love with the idea, and why we should carry on.
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