A newly published book features work by three University of Brighton researchers.
04 Sep 2014
A new book about objects that inspire love and devotion, including contributions by three University of Brighton College of Arts & Humanities researchers has just been published.
Love Objects: Emotion, Design and Material Culture is a collection of essays which explore the emotional potency of things, addressing how objects can function as fetishes, symbols and representations, active participants in and mediators of our relationships, as well as tokens of affection, symbols of virility, triggers of nostalgia, replacements for lost loved ones, and symbols of lost places and times.
Addressing both designed 'things with attitude' and the 'wild things' of material culture, Love Objects explores a wide range of objects, from 19th-century American portraits displaying mens' passionate friendships to the devotional and political meanings of religious statues in 1920s Ireland.
Professor Jonathan Chapman writes about, ‘Designing Meaningful and Lasting User Experiences’, Design History researcher Dr Louise Purbrick’s essay is entitled ‘"I Love Giving Presents": The Emotion of Material Culture’ and Dr Jane Hattrick’s focus is on her research on London Couturier, Norman Hartnell in ‘Seduced by the Archive'. The book is co-edited by Dr Anna Moran, National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Dr Sorcha O’Brien, Kingston University.
To celebrate the book’s publication there is a free launch event taking place on 1 October, 2014 at the ICA in London, which will further interrogate some of the issues presented in the book.