The Object Ethnography Project investigates how objects accumulate stories as they move from one life to another. We are looking for donations of objects—any kind of object—and the stories that come with them. Members of the public will then adopt these objects during a week-long event in March, 2012. Participants will explain how they will use their adopted object in its new life before they take it home. Each story will be recorded, and the final online exhibit will include a photograph of the object, biography, and its adoption story.
We are now seeking objects! If you have an item with a story, from a sentimental oven mitt to a first generation iPod, that you would like to donate to this project, please either mail it to:
NYU English Department
19 University Place, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
If your object is broken, members of the Fixers Collective have generously offered fix-it workshops on February 23rd, March 8th and March 22nd, 2012 at New York University’sKimmel Center, Room 901. If you would like to join a Fixers Collective workshop to fix any item, whether it is donated, adopted, or otherwise, please contact Vincent Lai (Vincent@fixerscollective.org).
For more information or updates on the project, or if you would like to participate as a researcher in the project, see objectethnography.wordpress.com.