Friday, January 23, 2009

Shopping in Dublin

I'm at the limit of available light here in the Westbury Mall, but I liked the red bag and shoes of the woman in the foreground. Westbury Mall is more arcade than it is a mall. Fairly small it's a shortcut so it does well from passing trade in transit from Grafton Street through to Powerscourt. Moving on from the previous blog, it's empathy with the things for sale that counts for "professional" shoppers - and beyond that, empathy with the money they are going to exchange for the value of the goods. It's almost as if the exchange was more important than the product purchased. The psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas theorises that some people behave as if they have to be "normal". In so doing it's more important that they possess an object - even if they don't use it. Perhaps the object is even more pleasing because of the association with the money expended. After all, empathy with purchased goods is empathy with something inorganic ...