Exquisite Things is a satellite exhibit created through a Brown University Public Humanities course instructed by Dr. Ian Russell and is on display at the Roberts Campus Center during the spring 2011 semester. In this video, Dr. Russell discusses aspects of the display with a group of undergraduate and graduate students, some of whom were not part of the exhibit installation. Students were then asked to make share their own connections to the objects by writing on the glass.
"This is an exhibition of things, the way we connect to them and the way we create meaning by making connections between things. The objects in this exhibition were chosen using a variation of the game exquisite corpse. Nine people (the museum's curator and eight students) each selected one thing - in sequence, one after another. Rather than following a specific theme, each person chose their object based only on how they thought it connected to the object that someone chose immediately before them. The result is not just an exhibition of objects from the museum, but also an exhibition of the relational spaces between things: how connections are perceived and how we make meaning through those connections."
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