– Part of the Inventory series –
☰ This catalogue lists every permanent, physical item of my current household and was mainly inspired by the 'actor-network theory' (ANT). Said theoretical framework analyses social worlds by mapping them as stacked networks populated by (hybrid) actors (human and non-human entities) which can be themselves networks. Importantly, multiple forms of agency, identities and similar properties are not inherently linked to things but are seen as the output of relation within socio-material networks. Thus, if one creates an overview, an inventory, of a particular analytical frame, in this case my household, a holistic and close perspective on such a social world is possible. As a result, one can assign each item a social role and investigate and decipher the meanings and identities saved and conducted via a certain object. Consequently, we can comprehend why our social world is put together in the way it is, and not 'made up' in a different way. Moreover, the mental gap between individual-level and macro-phenomenons like consumerism is bridged. For instance, the entanglement of global trade patterns with private life becomes apparent if one indicates the origin of every personal item.
While examining the catalogue, you are able to reveal the picture of a certain item by hoovering the mouse pointer over its entry. Note however that some images are blurred in order to protect personal information like credit card numbers.