The title of the show is a quotation from Rainer Maria Rilke's essay of 1913 On Dolls, my familiarity with which I am indebted to Cathie for. This text, which ostensibly deals with the wax dolls of Lotte Pritzel, is really about the strange quasi-animate quality of dolls and their peculiar auratic effects.
One of the remarkable things about Rilke's essay is his articulation of auratic phenomena, twenty years earlier than Walter Benjamin's totemic text The Work of Art in the Age of its Mechanical Reproducibility, and perhaps even more remarkably the extent to which it prefigures the critical attitude taken by 'pictoral turn' authors such as W.J.T.Mitchell. It's also very beautifully written.
Read: Carpenter, B. (2014) thing-soul (pdf), London: Marlborough Fine Art
Keywords: Aura, Cathie Pilkington, Dolls, Rilke, Picture Theory, W.J.T. Mitchell, Walter Benjamin