Each of the objects in the Object Ethnography Project has been donated by an ordinary person. Each object has a story. Some discuss the history of the object, why it has meaning to the donor, or why the donor chose to part with their object. Anyone can donate an object.
All these objects are available for exchange. You, or anyone else, can trade for any object by offering a new story about it. What attracts you to the object? What will you do with it? How will the object spend its time in your possession?
Once a story has been offered for exchange, the object will be mailed to its new owner. The Object Ethnographers will contact new owners a few months after the exchange to see how things are getting on. Has the object met expectations? Has it been given away (in which case we will follow up with the new owner)? A new story will be recorded.
The final online exhibition will consist of a photograph of each object and its three stories.
These objects and their stories will become the basis of a research project to see how narrative influence worth, economies, and circulation. Some of this research will be posted here over the course of the summer of 2012. We welcome any classes, researchers or custodians to the project. See the participation tab for more information.