“THAT IS SO TYPICAL OF YOU" (2010)
“THAT IS SO TYPICAL OF YOU” consists of nine body objects – a mix of jewellery and clothing; nine portraits of human personality types corresponding to the basic types in the complex self-development system Enneagram.
Type 1 The Reformer (perfectionist)
Type 2 The Helper (giving)
Type 3 The Achiever (success-oriented/driven)
Type 4 The Individualist (creative/romantic)
Type 5 The Investigator (observer)
Type 6 The Loyalist (suspicious/sceptical)
Type 7 The Enthusiast (adventurer)
Type 8 The Challenger (leader)
Type 9 The Peacemaker (mediator)
HEAD, BODY and HEART
The Enneagram distinguishes between head-centred (cerebral) types, body-centred (instinctive) types and heart-centred (emotional) types. The nine objects in the project “THAT IS SO TYPICAL OF YOU” plays with this categorisation. Types 5, 6 and 7 have all been equipped with headgear, as they are all head-centred types, and the headgear is deliberately abstract and intellectual in its symbolism. The objects for the body-centred types - 8, 9 and 1 - are torso objects or objects with a particular emphasis on the torso area. They are all very physical and direct in their “language”. The objects for types 2, 3 and 4, which are the heart-centred types, are designed to refer to the heart (shape and/or positioning).
THE NINE PASSIONS
Each of the nine basic types in the Enneagram has an underlying passion. For seven of the types, the underlying passion corresponds to one of the seven deadly sins. The two additional passions are deceit and fear.
Type 1 Anger
Type 2 Pride
Type 3 Deceit
Type 4 Envy
Type 5 Avarice
Type 6 Fear
Type 7 Gluttony
Type 8 Lust
Type 9 Sloth
ASSERTIVE, WITHDRAWN and COMPLIANT
The Enneagram also distinguishes between assertive types (types 3, 7 and 8), withdrawn types (types 4, 5 and 9) and compliant types (types 1, 2 and 6). “THAT IS SO TYPICAL OF YOU” was created for Officinet, the exhibition venue of the Danish Arts and Crafts Association on Bredgade in Copenhagen. The nine objects were presented here in January 2010, positioned in the room in accordance with their categorisation as assertive, withdrawn or compliant. Types 3, 7 and 8 were placed in the middle of the room – these were the objects that the visitors came right up against as soon as they opened the door to Officinet. Types 4, 5 and 9 were placed in the distant corners of the room, while types 1, 2 and 6 were placed in the space in between the assertive and the withdrawn.