About the Book
This book is the culmination of a research project called "Properties and Social Imagination" that started in September 2012 in the Material Culture section of UCL’s Department of Anthropology. The project has drawn together Masters and PhD students, staff, and a team of scholars and artists based in the College for Creative Arts at Massey University. Our primary focus is UCL’s Ethnography Collections and we have explored the dynamic ways in which the formal qualities of cloth, stone and wood create new cultural sensibilities and new collaborative research practices. Our projects instantiates the dynamism of collections-based research and presents a number of visual projects inspired by these processes, demonstrating that collections are not static but continually in motion.