Collections, groups, lists.

Another Monday morning and another talk, but this talk was with Matthew first. He gave us some more ideas to start thinking over, and he also presented us with some ideas of how something that we wouldn’t consider as a collection can be a collection, for example, the words, images and pages with in a magazine, or another good one can be all of the files, images and folders that are in a folder or on your desktop screen on your computer.

So, basically to sum it up, there are also things that aren’t objects or aren’t physically there that can be grouped; collected, analysed, organised and assembled. After the talk, I went ahead to the library and took a screenshot of my unorganised usb storage:


Honestly, there’s no system to the way the things are organised, but then again, upon claiming that, they’ve been sorted out specifically. This may not be a clear image, but each file has been arranged by name ascendingly and they can easily be re-assembled by changing the sorting method.

Another example of a collection could be a contact sheet?

Or, nature can become a collection. There’s herds of sheep that are re-arranged and grouped up in to a collection by a Sheep dog or their owner.

I found this particular photograph to be astounding, due to how the sheeps have arranged themselves on the field. It’s not as if they’ve huddled themselves in to one big group, but they’ve spread themselves out across and have only stuck to the sheep that they know or where there’s specific patches where they feel comfortable.


Penguins are another great example of how they’ve re-assembled and gathered together.

Currently, while I’m typing this post up, I’m starting to get more of a clear insight in to how things can be grouped, collected and re-assembled. There’s another example, which I wasn’t specifically sure on whether it can be considered a collection or not, but it will somehow link back in to the previous project: ‘The soundtrack of our lives’. Music is created with a collection; a song is a collection of vocals, lyrics, words and sound. Luckily enough, Adrian’s talk clarified this up a bit more, when we were discussing ideas and starting to look in to how we can approach this. I felt so relieved when he started to discuss this idea, as it was one I had considered in mentioning in the post. It would of been pretty interesting to have something that was music related and can be collected in some form, and yes, he did go on to talk about ways this could be done, such as in forms of a music video.

However, I have a feeling this could be done in another way, seeing as our poster project was based on the songs. Even each poster contained a collection of marks, emotion, associations to do with the song.

Just to quickly jump back to Matthew’s discussion,  he mentioned about hoarders. Now, as soon as this was brought up, I recalled an American show called ‘Storage hunters’, where people go around and collect more junk that belonged to people who enjoyed collecting, but couldn’t keep it as they were in debt. There’s people who can store all of the things that they can’t fit in to their house, they can place it all in a rented storage shed, but another enjoyable thing about this particular way of keeping hold of the objects is that they can put it in boxes, then place it inside the storage shed. That’s one way of assembling and organising.

At this point, I have an inkling that the way something is organised and reassembled may affect the function in how that thing may work for someone, or could possibly influence a change to how it may be seen or re-arranged in future.



One thought on “Collections, groups, lists.

  1. saracarneholm says:

    Thinking about how the function of a collection changes when it’s reassembled is very interesting. Would be great to see some non-object based collections! You’re a very conceptual thinker, carry on with conceptual work.


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