Journeys of inanimate objects

Autumn 15 WTC #3: Journeys of inanimate objects

Cornelia Parker plays with transformation – steam rollering silver, blowing up sheds and reassembling the charred pieces, dropping meteorites into lakes, burying objects in places they have no reasonable right to be…


She finds objects that already have histories – multiple layers of history: the silver objects existed for a long time (some are 16th century) before she found the photos of them (in the 80s) taken for a catalogue in the 60s and recently rephotographed for her work in this current Cork Street exhibition. Cornelia Parker at alan christea



We shall be looking at objects in the Sotheby’s auctions, and you are invited to think about the stories of those objects – their histories.

You are then invited to consider your own way of transforming their futures.

To see the writing from this prompt, visit the page: Journeys of inanimate objectsIMG_2062



About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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