Bob Moran – Engineer

Object Lesson
The only certainty is the certainty of change.
Bob Moran
Object No. H5159-1
Mignon 'Stylus' typewriter
Having a favourite machine is a problem, I like the index machines because they’re simple, some of the very early machines were super complex.
Figure sits at a desk writing on an illuminated surface, at a birds eye view

Object Lesson

Object Lesson is a Powerhouse digital content series that upends and inverts the legacy of a set of lesson cards held in the collection since 1880. Named for English educator. Elizabeth Mayo’s 1831 publication Lessons on Objects, the series is underpinned by a desire to learn more about the objects in our collection from people and communities who have special relationships with them.

‘Knowledge stems not only from teacher or institution or object alone — but at the intersection of all.’ – Agatha Gothe-Snape, Powerhouse artistic associate

Commissioned and produced by the Powerhouse

Director and editor: David Ma

Commissioning editor: Lisa Havilah
Creative director: Callum Cooper
Creative producer: Cara Stewart
Production assistant: Georgina Veneziani
Curator: Matthew Connell