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Subject: Home and away
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Home and away
Technology has brought new opportunities for leisure and relaxation into our lives. And yet the desire in people to buy more and more products is growing. DIY is big business, selling us tools and flatpacks that will enable us to develop our homes without calling in the professionals. The NMSI collections reflect the hi-tech and low-tech culture of the home, including the Dyson cyclone vacuum cleaner, Flymo mower and Art Deco plastic ornaments. We accept the benefits of these new technologies but become disillusioned if they fail to deliver the dream. For example, when plastics manufacturers have tried to sell visions without vulgarity, they have often been unsuccessful. The Museum’s photographic collections preserve images of exotic places we have once visited or hope to visit. When our own dreams turn to travel, we can often satisfy them without leaving home. Through such technologies as the photograph and the video, home and away merge into one.
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Is your journey really necessary? Why not travel in the realms of memory and imagination? Can we experience foreign lands without leaving home? Technology enables us to travel without a passport.  > more
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The concept of the ideal home has come to dominate modern living. We buy expensive fitted kitchens, shop in DIY warehouses and visit the Ideal Home Exhibition. Keeping our homes clean and making meals has to be balanced with the demands of work and family. Technology has made life easier, but also increased our expectations. Mass consumption and a desire for a better life come together in our quest to create our perfect home.  > more
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Plastic manufacturers and their publicists have always aspired to create a ‘plastic paradise’, filling homes (and offices) with plastics in every conceivable form. Yet this all-plastic world has never arrived and in all probability never will. Whatever happened to the ‘plastic paradise’?  > more
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Going abroad has always been popular. Grand Tours, school cruises, package tours and gap years have been developed over the years to meet this demand. We hope to broaden our minds, but are we also helping to destroy the planet?  > more
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Sport has always been influenced by technology, but has the technology become too good? Given that winning may now depend on having the best equipment rather than being the best competitor, the place of technology in sport has become a hot issue.  > more
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