Irrational Fascination

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An exploration of the theories of fetishism in relation to art and design through research Into ideas such as ownership, the panopticon, the lure of the object, hypersensitivity, the fetishised objectification, voyeurism and the energy of inanimate objects.

‘Irrational Fascination’ is a curatorial proposition which has grown from the theories of fetishism. Beginning with the writing of William Pietz who speaks of fetishism as an influence on art criticism and aesthetic theory. He states that fetishism is:

“An object of irrational fascination, something whose power, desirability,
Or significance a person passionately overvalues, even though that
Same person may know very well intellectually that such feelings are
Unjustifiably excessive.”


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Hannah Moriarty


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