How do we perceive things? How are they taken into view artistically? How do they construct playful narratives?
Sakine Weikert’s dissertation on “Mediated Things” analyzes the staging of things through text and photography. The seemingly mundane everyday thing has not only evolved as a focus of artistic interest but also as a topic of interdisciplinary research. Things have been charged with meaning and value through discourses about magical objects such as fetishes, museum collectibles and memorabilia or consumer goods.
Through different aspects of image-text-mediation and genre-hybridity - a let's say excessive framing - things are highlighted and appear as the driving force of the narration. Even though we look at "Mediated Things" - for example in works by Sophie Calle or Leanne Shapton -, we experience an excess of meaning and a certain thingly quality.
The study looks at artist books and emerging alternative modes of (digital) narration and reading. It contributes to a dynamic and interdisciplinary theory building as it aims to integrate material culture studies into literary studies as well as the itinerancy of the photographic image.