Wednesday, 18 March 2009


Inspired by photographic diagrams.

Miss Guillotine


FYI: The Congress does not harbour any feelings of the sexual desire towards their collections. Our relationships with them is purely platonic.


Object sexuality or Objectophilia is a pronounced sexual desire towards particular inanimate objects. This is a rare form of fetishism and those with this expressed preference may feel strong feelings of arousal, attraction, love and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation. Sexual or even close emotional relationships with humans are incomprehensible. The term was coined in the 1970s by a woman named Eija-Riitta Eklöf Berliner-Mauer from Liden, Sweden, who was married to the Berlin Wall. Object-sexual individuals also believe in animism, or the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, feelings, and are able to communicate.
Many object-sexual individuals have a main lover or spouse, but they also may have attractions to and relationships with other objects. Some would argue that some object-sexual individuals, therefore, believe in polygamy.

[Taken from Wikipedia]

On Longing - Susan Stewart

"Narrative of the miniature, the gigantic, the souvenir, the collection."
On Longing provides a fascinating analysis of the ways in which everyday objects are narrated to animate or realize certain versions of the world...Stewart examines the ways in which the "sovenir" + the "collection" are objects mediating experience in time + space, make for a very appropriate + agrees fully with the Congress' ideals.

- Harriet
Congress - "Everything and the kitchen sink."
Congress is governed by five main objectives, being; to collect, record, explore, observe and absorb. We are a travelling community of hoarders, whose culture is transient, a reaction to the environments we travel through.

We are a democratic society, working with each other to fulfil our obsessive nature. Each individual plays a specific role in Congress, maintaining order through categorising our objects and ourselves.

Regarding welfare, we believe that the key to our society’s contentment is health, prosperity, freedom and intellectual stimulation.

We uphold a strong sense of freedom through our nomadic tendencies, travelling through areas, acquiring our objects and mapping covered territories according to what we accumulate.
Congress has unconventional methods of categorising. We value objects according to a hierarchy of shape, size and colour.

As a passive, non-evangelical society, we have no desire to increase in size in terms of population, and while we have no intention to attack other societies, we will stop at nothing to protect our possessions.