chapter  12
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Living objects: a theory of museological objecthood

ByWING YAN VIVIAN TING

A myriad of objects are fused with our lives to fulfil our needs and desires and to assign meanings to our world. We are so used to living in a world of things that we rarely consider their existence and the extent to which objects shape our practices and cultures – thus furthering our desire for possessions and the production of new meanings (Gell 1998, Ingold 2000, Miller 2005). Given the intimate relationships between objects and human life, how does an object extend our personhood?