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A Container of Memories

Excerpt from the design brief:

“The “container” forms complex relationships with us: the relationship between the inside and outside holds within itself a whole range of experiences – the measure of the spiritual relationship of the body to the soul: the separation (or linkage) of ‘mine’ from ‘yours’, the nature of containment… protection or offering. All this can take place within a simple object.

Cabinets are man-made recesses; places for theatre – they are ‘thin places’, ‘thresholds’; places where, when we look, the full-scale world falls away. Freestanding or wall-mounted, the cabinet does not have contextual linkage with the room or wall; it is its own entity.

In all parts of its life cycle, from its conception through its design, production, advertisement, display or exhibition, acquisition, use, loan, gift, legacy, and abandonment or the finality of destruction, furniture has the potential to crystallize human, social and, more broadly, political possibilities and tensions in society. Memory as held in individuals, communities, or people is one of these.”

  • Rodney Hayward, “Containers of Memory” brief for the 2010 exhibition, 08/02/2010