I'm fascinated by the role of belief within the Science experiment (experience) - how much trust in the unknown is needed to enable science to move on or even exist? When does trust becomes truth? In the lab the balance between acknowledging what is known and recognising the new is underpinned by experience. But there could be the issue of actively looking for something to the exclusion of being open to possibilities. This intention could inform the observation and that which is then labelled is the thing you are looking for. Is it possible to actually alter an object by rethinking it?
When creating objects one recognises that each individual object has many narratives; each one delivers the viewer new contexts and presents new possible functions. The individual brings their history, their own narrative. It could be argued that an object’s functionality is something that is constructed in the mind through collective use and understanding. If the functionality of an object can change in the mind each action or activity, changes our perception of and relationship to the object. Every object has an infinite number of stories attached to it and each personal truth illustrates multiple connections. This accumulation of knowledge maps our relationship to what and how we value the objects around us. The reference point for engaging with an object has the potential to change with the intention behind each individual viewing. Does this experience in some way physically change the object?