As part of his on going research into the relationships between psychology and our physical environments, Pasquarelli has immersed himself into the homes of hoarders and people with organizationally obsessive compulsions. Relics grew out of one of his interviews with a hoarder. Seeking to understand the hoarders desire to hold onto objects that no longer served their utilitarian function, Pasquarelli learned that it was memories or past events associated with the objects that kept her from letting them go. continued below...
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This piece is made up of four paintings; three of broken objects and one of a faded photograph of a mother with newborn. To a hoarder, objects hold a place of great importance in their life because of their connection to meaningful memories, events and people.
Relics also contains an augmented reality component. I created four 30 second films, one for each object, representing a hypothetical memory or event associated with the object. The films are simple, with minimal or no editing. They are not meant to be movies, but rather, to represent a thought. To activate the augmented reality, one points a smart phone up to the painting, using a special app, which launches the film directly over the painting. The paintings go from being inanimate to being animate, demonstrating the ways in which physical objects can be portals to the past.