1. the act of recalling something from memory; the ability to remember
2. something remembered; a memory
The Collective is our title for an exhibition taking place in May as part of the Fringe Arts Bath. The title was chosen to reflect the contents of the exhibition, which as yet have not been decided, but which we know will be in the realm of tactile ephemera, everyday obsessions, observations, curios, stuff and things and objects and art or not-art. It will be a collective experience of the minutiae that mean something to someone; once presented and re-contextualized within the art form, the purpose is to celebrate and indulge in other people’s enthusiastic meticuli and love of the specific.
The Welcome Collection is a gem of a museum in London and describes itself as a free destination for the incurably curious. Henry Welcome was the founder and his collection is odd in the extreme with trapanned skulls, a body preserved for hundreds of years in a peat bog, amputation saws and victorian false teeth. There is a collection of contemporary artifacts including a slither of a real human body from head to foot as well as contemporary art which responds to current scientific issues. Part of the exhibition is a collection of 'things no bigger than your head' bought in by the public.
"Selection and organisation allow collectors to establish a particular relation with their objects: no matter how common, an object can always be rescued from its apparent banality by the investment in it of personal meaning, that ineffable 'sentimental' value which can beat the most priceless item."