'The Emotional Life of Objects' exhibition featured on the Histories of Emotion website

This posting on the Histories of Emotion website showcases the work of Penelope Lee, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) Education and Outreach Officer at The University of Melbourne, and Kate Richards, a curatorship student, who curated the exhibition.

Kate Richards and Penelope Lee

"It ought to be obvious that the objects that occupy our daily lives are in fact the objects of a passion, that of personal possession, whose quotient of invested affect is in no way inferior to that of any other variety of human passion."

- Jean Baudrillard, "The System of Collecting," in Elsner, John and Cardinal, Roger (eds.,). The Cultures of Collecting. Harvard, MA: Harvard University Press, 1994, p. 7.

This posting on the Histories of Emotion website showcases the work of Penelope Lee, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) Education and Outreach Officer at The University of Melbourne, and Kate Richards, a curatorship student, who curated the exhibition. Maria Tumarkin worked with some of her School of Cutlure and Communication (SCC) Creative Writing students in response to the exhibition; Anthony Lyons worked with some Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Interactive Composition students to create sound works; Stephanie Downes (SCC/CHE postdoc) wrote an essay for the exhibition catalogue; Penelope and Kate ran workshops where participants made sandcastings of personal objects with emotional resonance; and Lindy Judge, one of the artists whose work features in the exhibition writes here of her response to the music students' work.

Much of CHE's work is oriented historically, but Penelope has helped bring about a number of these kinds of engagements with broader communities and disciplines, showing how the history of emotions can also speak to contemporary concerns.

Download the Emotional Life of Objects catalogue