Homes are one focus of our exploration of how people choose what to keep for the future. How do they decide what to keep and what to discard?
Homes are one focus of our exploration of how people choose what to keep for the future. How do they decide what to keep and what to discard? And how do they cope with the profusion of things that are found in many households today? To explore these questions we are looking at professional and semi-professional advice and services offered to cope with domestic profusion, and at actual household practices. This includes looking at the work of professional declutterers and self-storage companies. In homes, we research key moments when individuals tackle accumulated stuff and decide what to keep for the future. Critical decision times include moving house, sorting out an inheritance, putting together a family archive, or more routine tasks like a spring clean.
University of Gothenburg
We collaborate with the Re:Heritage project at the University of Gothenburg as a partner project ...
This salon to accompany the current Octagon exhibition Cabinets of Consequence will explore how heritage and other related forms of conservation practices (including nuclear waste management) make futures. How do we use material culture to stitch futures from pasts? What do we conserve? What do we get rid of? What do we allow to change? This Salon will be staged as a series of conversations across various themes currently being explored within the Heritage Futures research programme,Event held at Haldane Room, Wilkins Building , Gower Street WC1
Curating domestic profusion
The New School House Gallery, York
Living with and through profusion: narrating selves and shaping futures
Association of Social Anthropologists Conference ASA2016, Durham
Curating museum profusion: looking to ethnography of domestic excess for new collecting futures
Interview about the Profusion theme with Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan featured on the University of York website
Meaningful Objects: Stories and Videos From the Curating Domestic Profusion Workshop
Sorting through (ethnographic) things: reflections on Profusion theme fieldwork
Curating Profusion: Caring for the future and assembling value in homes and smaller museums
Who Cares? Interventions in 'unloved' musuem collections