Objects, Memory, Inheritance

By examining our interactions with objects, we deepen our understanding of the world around us—from the past to the present—and projections for the future. We understand that objects not only serve as a means for collective and personal recollection, but also evoke emotional, cognitive, and physical responses, acting as conduits for personal and communal memory, triggering emotional, psychological, and physiological responses. Through materiality—the quality being material—we approach inheritance as an object-oriented acquisition mechanism from familial intergenerational transfers to institutional transmissions, crucial in consolidating continuities, reusability, and asserting identifications and associations.

This area of research focuses on how the reading of things, archival material, artefacts, and matter may highlight the importance of presenting alternative approaches to knowledge production, while maintaining academic rigour in our investigations. We focus on complementary methods of knowledge production to prompt critical analysis, fostering an appreciation for the interconnectedness of different knowledge systems and providing a platform for reconciling diverse forms of knowledge.