Objectivity: a constellation of ideas, objects and people (2020)

Objectivity: a constellation of ideas objects and people
Exhibition Studio Workshop (ESW), Chelsea College of Arts
21 January – 21 February 2021
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Objectivity: a constellation of ideas, objects and people features a selection of objects from The David Usborne Collection stored at UAL’s Archives & Special Collections Centre at London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle. The objects in the collection share limited biographies regarding their provenance and history. 

Echoing the notion of the para-curatorial by curator Paul O’Neill, the Objectivity is conceived as a constellation of activities inclusive of the exhibition form itself, thus serving as a method of research for collecting, assembling and producing knowledge. Through the exhibition and public programmes, Objectivity looks to enable spaces of agency allowing for the inclusion of multiple voices and perspectives in the writing of object biographies; personal, anthropological, medical, etc.

The exhibition works toward expounding new and established narratives as opposed to reinstituting formalised bodies of knowledge, embracing a holistic framework of knowledge-making. Objectivity emphasises the importance of how much we know, as well as, the different ways of knowing.

The research and reflections from the exhibition are collated and produced into a publication.

This reminds me of… , workshop with the collector David Usborne at 17:30-19:00, 24 January 2020
Re-writing object biographies, workshop at 17:30-19:00, 7 February 2020

Celina Loh, Dana Chan, Gu Ni, Jiaying Gao, Lisa Logotheti, Qinru Zhou, Reece Woodhams, Seowon Nam and Shin-Hung Li