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Introduction

ByJENNIFER WALKLATE

It seems only appropriate therefore, that the initial chapters in this book of ‘things’ focus upon the occurrences through which these things come to be. Indeed, it is worth raising the question of what, in fact, constitutes an ‘object’, and where such categorical boundaries lie. ‘Things’ are not simple, either materi­ ally or conceptually, and nor are they homogeneous. Their generation is equally intricate. The diversity of object­entities necessitates the acknowledgement of the equally heterogeneous processes of creation which accompany the musealisation of ‘things’. Neither are acts of creation straightforward, for they are not simply material, but complex metaphysical formulations and transformations which create and refigure the identities of objects throughout the entire course of their lives.