19 Apr 2023 | Annina Gyger
Objects are beings – A poem
The way I approach my surroundings significantly changed after two years of working theoretically as well as hands-on with objects. The anthropological and pedagogical focus on humans during my bachelor thereby received a third dimension – an object-centered one. A discovery, I further explored in my last blog.
As I have been visiting several museum exhibitions in the past months in Munich, Göttingen, Amsterdam and San Francisco, this newfound material dimension has led me to process my perception lyrically. The outcome beneath is about an experience I repeatedly made when entering a new museum and leaving it somehow changed.
Objects are beings
or: When things teach you mindfulness
Visiting new museums,
yet experiencing familiar sensations.
Plenty to be found, yet somehow feeling lost.
Looking for questions,
eager for answers.
In search of meaning and need of hold.
Strolling through the exhibitions.
Rooms full of objects,
in dialogue with another.
Then, I find You.
Dwelling in your presence,
I experience steadiness.
You expand my thinking and give me rest.
Through our conversation, I learn:
Not plenitude brings contentment, but depth.
You offer both.
After we met, I leave.
I found what I was looking for:
A hundred stories - in one object.
 Glimpses of concepts that particularly stood out to me during my visits, are referenced with their place of origin.