Object d´Art - The Value of Things to People

by Moulsari Jain and Hannah Kindler

Hannah Kindler & Moulsari Jain share common ideas about artists questioning the status quo of our society, and challenging the way we live, and the things we accept as normal. Here, they collaborate to explore a common theme in their work and their lives: Value. What is it to different people, and who determines the scale of it? Are objects valued for the raw material that came from the earth, or are they valued for the human effort that went into making them useful objects, or even for the role they play in an individual’s life? And what happens when someone stops seeing the usefulness of an object, does it lose its value?

The used, discarded objects are displayed as valuable pieces of art, acknowledging their existence and importance enough to
be placed on a pedestal or in a frame. Their descriptions are the stories of the role they played in the lives and identities of the people that once owned them. The artists propose that these ob- jects have a life and identity of their own, a story that involves the people who came across them and gave them purpose, but from whom they had to move on to the next phase of their lives, where they leave one owner in search of another. With them, however, they take their memories and experiences with their past owners forward into whatever future awaits them. Here, they pause to be acknowledged for their value, and all they have already added to the world by their existence.

The artists re-evaluate the value of the physical objects in our lives, proposing this value system as a new and normal part of societal culture to aspire to, as a part of healthy living together on a planet we share and not just as disconnected individuals consuming and taking whatever we want from the earth. 


What's the deal? is a multi-disciplinary project that wants to artistically explore sustainability in connection with young urban cultures such as mural art, design, urban sports (skateboarding, biking) and digital media. Between 2013 and 2015 five partners from four European countries (Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia) will collaborate across borders and organize a series of activities in all partner sites involving international artists: from theme-related mapping of the respective scenes via art intervention workshops to creative art work and installations (like bike art created entirely from sustainable materials or a skateable sculpture in an abandoned city area) - made visible in public events. The project aims to bring the idea of sustainable lifestyle to the young urban scenes in European cities. It wants to inspire them to create new perspectives and link them together transnationally, thus strengthening the multiculturally permeated urban scenes. 

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