Modernity easily obscures the antiquity and clout of objects that have long been part of daily life. We readily accept innovation – especially when it facilitates simplicity – but often we don’t question what is lost in the process of modernization until established implements are made redundant. It can take them resurfacing as object d’art to remind us of the value of organic materials, raw processes and a proximity to nature afforded by only the most amaranthine of artifacts.
The product of innovation precedes the latest technology – it manifests in centuries old implements whose perfection remains unmatched by our most intelligent machinery. Throughout history, cultures around the world have invented pragmatic and precious instruments to resolve quotidian challenges. The precision of such objects have allowed them to stand the test of time and their beauty has contributed to their dissemination across the world – yet in some conditions, their ubiquity transpires at the expense of estrangement from their origins. Without provenance, these implements become a shadow of themselves, and the people and places whose ingenuity crafted something timeless is, with time, forgotten.
In exploring ancient instruments we hope to give voice to the whispers of stories that have been silenced by innovation, as well as illuminate the path back to the origins of objects so that we might view them in new – and perhaps even different – ways today.
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"Without provenance, these implements become a shadow of themselves, and the people and places whose ingenuity crafted something timeless is, with time, forgotten."