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How do museums and people in their homes decide what to keep in the face of mass production and consumption?

The Profusion theme addresses the challenge presented by the abundance of material and digital stuff for assembling the future archive. Expanding mass-production and consumption have resulted in more things to potentially save for the future. We look at what is and what is not kept for posterity. We do so by investigating two domains in the United Kingdom that face the prolific past and present in particularly acute ways: homes and museums. Taking an anthropological approach using ethnographic methods, we investigate what is selected for long-term keeping and why? What are the complex yet often unacknowledged motivations, emotions, and judgements that shape what makes it into the future? Our research addresses these questions, while facilitating crossover of insights between homes and museums to hopefully produce new understandings of and responses to profusion.

Interventions

Workshop

The Human Bower

19/05/2018

Encounters Arts and Heritage Futures invite you to take part in the making of The Human Bower

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, Torre Abbey Gardens 10am-4pm

A creative event asking: What would you keep for the future? 

The Human Bower

Jennie Morgan

Interventions

Workshop

The Story in the Object

13/09/2017 — 17/09/2017

Heritage Futures collaborators Encounters are to present a new work, “The Story in the Object” inspired by the archaeological memoir “Come Tell Me how you Live” by Agatha Christie. The work will take shape throughout the week long International Agatha Christie Festival 2017 in Torquay, as you are invited to bring an object that you would want to keep for the future.

Jennie Morgan

Homes