In ‘Playing and Reality’ Donald W Winnicott explains how children manifest their internal reality on to their first possession whether that be a teddy bear, a blanket or a gesture. The child can escape reality when they confuse their internal and external worlds through these “not me” objects. As the child starts to differentiate between their internal and external selves these objects lose purpose and poignancy. They don’t get forgotten but are transferred to a limbo state, remaining sentimental of a time past but that time is not really understood through the object after the child has grown up. The objects remain in a transitional state, as the child grows and develops, the objects remain.
Slavoj Zizek in an interview on ecology suggest that “The true spiritual change is to develop, if you want, a kind of emotional attachment to, or to find meaning in, useless objects.” The only constructive way to confront the looming ecological issues of waste management is to be rid of waste management, to find currency in the off cuts of late capitalism.
Toys, Art and Images are all non-human things that we all form intimate relationships with, they exist purely for us to project meaning onto. They build up and dictate our ecology, both physically and digitally. They exist as storage devices for us to off load emotional baggage, for a way to revisit time or to mediate a completely imagined reality. These things do not serve any real usefulness, yet are perpetually created, disseminated and collected. ‘Transitional Objects’ have become an integral part of our human ecology and psychology.
‘Pictures From Hotel Rooms’ explores the ontology of the non human elements that build up our contemporary urban and digital environments. How we form relationships and narratives around the non conscious, and how the narrative changes as they travel through digital and physical forms of dissemination.