The 'return' of objects with 'low' cultural value to the space of the museum - such as shoes used by Sabsabi and Saouli in Oversite - creates a possibility for articulating difference in historical representation through audience participation. This possibility refers to both the expansion of the meaning of the object in the gallery - from functional to subjective - and the status of the audience's experience. This notion of audience experience entails attention to shoes as objects disengaged from their everyday function to layer different meanings and temporalities and produce moments of experiential tension. The tension was to result from the double reflection of shoes as both symbols of everyday routine (and the implicit complacency), and in their (voluntary) removal from that community.
Uros Cvoro | Oversite | 2007 | DOWNLOAD