Friday, 20 March 2009

Manifesto things.

Books of manifesto prints...

Wednesday, 18 March 2009


Congress - "Everything and the kitchen sink."

Congress is governed by five main objectives, being; to collect, record, explore, observe and absorb. We are a travelling community of hoarders, whose culture is transient, a reaction to the environments we travel through.

We are a democratic society, working with each other to fulfil our obsessive nature. Each individual plays a specific role in Congress, maintaining order through categorising our objects and ourselves.

Regarding welfare, we believe that the key to our society’s contentment is health, prosperity, freedom and intellectual stimulation.

We uphold a strong sense of freedom through our nomadic tendencies, travelling through areas, acquiring our objects and mapping covered territories according to what we accumulate.
Congress has unconventional methods of categorising. We value objects according to a hierarchy of shape, size and colour.

As a passive, non-evangelical society, we have no desire to increase in size in terms of population, and while we have no intention to attack other societies, we will stop at nothing to protect our possessions.

"Everything AND the kicthen sink."


Printing Drawing Printing.

Various drawings and prints for the manifesto:

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Object Sexuality.

Object sexuality or Objectophilia is a pronounced sexual desire towards particular inanimate objects. This is a rare form of fetishism and those with this expressed preference may feel strong feelings of arousal, attraction, love and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation. Sexual or even close emotional relationships with humans are incomprehensible. The term was coined in the 1970s by a woman named Eija-Riitta Eklöf Berliner-Mauer from Liden, Sweden, who was married to the Berlin Wall.[1] Object-sexual individuals also believe in animism, or the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, feelings, and are able to communicate.[2]
Many object-sexual individuals have a main lover or spouse, but they also may have attractions to and relationships with other objects. Some would argue that some object-sexual individuals, therefore, believe in

WELFARE and fork eating.


  • well being/quality of life.
  • Government programs that seek to provide a minimum level of income, service or other support for disadvantaged people.
  • Health/Happiness/Prosperity/Contentment.

Welfare State: The state assumes primary responsibility for the welfare of its citizens beyond a primary level.


Possible illnesses collectors could be prone to:

  • Carrot Addiction
    In 1992, the British Journal of Addiction described three unusual cases of carrot dependence. One 40 year old man had replaced cigarettes with carrots. He ate as many as five bunches a day and thought about them obsessively. According to two Czech psychiatrists, when carrots were withdrawn, he and the other patients lapsed into heightened irritability.
    OBJECTIVE: A case report of carrot addiction is presented with a review of the literature and comment on the role of beta carotene in addictive behaviour. CLINICAL PICTURE: The addiction occurred in a 49-year-old woman under conditions of stress due to marital problems, leading to a depressive illness and increased smoking. The patient maintained that the sensations of carrot craving and withdrawal were quite distinct from those associated with smoking. TREATMENT: The patient was advised to record her daily carrot consumption. OUTCOME: The patient did not return for several months, but stopped eating carrots after an operation, at which time she also stopped smoking. CONCLUSION: Compusive carrot eating, regarded as a rare condition, has received scant documentation, unlike hypercarotenemia due to unusual diets or food fads. Nervousness, craving, insomnia, waterbrash and irritability are associated with withdrawal from excessive carrot eating. The basis for the addiction is believed to be beta carotene, found in carrots. Does carrot eating, an aggressively oral activity, merely act as a behavioural substitute for smoking? Or does beta carotene contain a chemical element that replicates the addictive component of nicotine? Further study of this unusual but intriguing addiction may reveal more about the basis of all addictions, with particular implications for the cessation of cigarette smoking.

  • Cutlery Craving
    The desire to eat metal objects is comparatively common. Occasionally there is an extreme case, such as that of 47 year old Englishman Allison Johnson. An alcoholic burglar with a compulsion to eat silverware, Johnson has had 30 operations to remove strange things from his stomach. In 1992, he had eight forks and the metal sections of a mop head lodged in his body. He has been repeatedly jailed and then released, each time going immediately to a restaurant and ordering lavishly. Unable to pay, he would then tell the owner to call the police, and eat cutlery until they arrived. Johnson’s lawyer said of his client, ‘He finds it hard to eat and obviously has difficulty going to the lavatory.”

Lino prints on Cutlery Craving.

Travellers in book form!

A book of travellers caravans...

Not paricularly inspiring but it would seem that my new found love of monoprints has taken on a whole new level.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Drawings on travellers

What interests me most about the idea of a travelling community is the togetherness they must experience and the fact that the people within these societies are constantly around eachother. I don't think I could ever be a part of this type of society on a day to day basis as, although I get bored very easily of places, I also get bored of the people sometimes and having my own space and time is important.
It's fascinating that nomadic communities also manage to contain all their belongings in one movable home that houses the "things" of a whole family in a space about half the size of my bedroom. On one level it makes me feel disappointed in myself that I need so much stuff to feel happy and at home, and that I consider a lot of the objects that I surround myself with to be a part of my personality. I've never had the pleasure of meeting a member of a nomadic group but I would like to think that they base their lives and characteristics on things considerably less material than I do. For these people the caravan or home they travel around in must be integral to their lives whereas for me the things I put into the places I live are what makes it impotant.

Thursday, 5 March 2009


Now that we are in social groups we are making a manifesto that outlines the beliefs and objectives of our society.

As we are all collectors in my group, we have decided to be a nomadic society that travels around looking for objects worthy of collecting. Whilst travelling we are re-mapping the country, marking places based on whether or not they're suitable places to collect and if there are things worth collecting there. We have decided our culture is based around the knowledge and beliefs we encounter on our travels, so for example, we have a religion that is pieced together from many religions we have experienced. Our economy is centered around trading objects and there is no real hierachy within our society, we all have equal roles and have certain areas we take care of.

Our main objectives are:

  • collect
  • record
  • explore
  • observe
  • absorb

I did some research on travelling societies and nomadic groups. A huge part of their custom is to collect and to carry posessions along with them, which fits perfectly with our beings. There is no written record of when the first nomadic community began but there are 30 - 40 million travellers in the world today. Also there are specific languages and dialects spoken only by travellers, which is something I think our society could adopt, some kind of written language only understandable by memebers of the group.

Anyway, these are some images I've been looking at connected to nomadic communities and their way of life

Nomadic Dwellings.

Nomadic Communities

Traditional images of travellers.


Monday, 2 March 2009


Again monoprints of my being's purpose. He's an obsessive collector and sneaks about finding objects to hoard, observe and record.