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Emotional Objects: From Lost Amulets to Found Photos

Monday 20th November, 2017

2-5pm and 6-9pm, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, W1G 0RN

A lost necklace received as a gift from a loved one, a stash of photographs found in a dusty attic… What objects are you emotionally attached to, and what feelings do they conjure up? Explore your emotions and how they are shaped by the objects around you at this drop-in event at the Royal College of Nursing, run by the Centre for the History of the Emotions as part of the Being Human Festival. Map your emotional London, add your emotional talismans to our display and explore your emotions and how they are shaped by objects through a series of drop-in activities. Attend short talks covering everything from fetishes to the hidden objects found in houses. This event will run in two sessions: 2-5pm and 6-9pm (talks in the evening only). Booking is essential and available on the Being Human website.

Activities:

Emotional Talismans
Do you carry an object with you that has emotional meaning? Or did you have a comfort blanket or similar item as a child? Bring it with you and we’ll photograph it for our picture wall. Learn about East End folklorist Edward Lovett and his collection of charms and amulets.

Signs of Life: emotional objects
Puppeteer Mervyn Millar will lead short practical workshops on animating objects that he has brought (but feel free to bring your own too). Emotions will be provided by the participants. Workshops will last about half an hour and will have limited numbers.

Invoking Memories: Sense of Place
Encounter objects designed to provoke an emotional response and evoke memories with artist Georgie Fay. Learn how to make monoprints of your important remembered spaces which will be displayed at the event.

Sentiment or sensation? Using historical images (2-5pm only)
In the digital era, historical images of people can be circulated more widely than ever before. In this workshop, participants will be asked for their thoughts on a range of historic images that have been re-used in various ways – from advertising wine to being transformed into video game characters. What are the ethical issues of such re-use? And how do they make us feel?

Please note that we will be using some medical photographs in this workshop; participants can choose whether or not they wish to see these. Workshops will last about half an hour and will have limited numbers.


Full list of activities and talks to follow!