The following are some papers written for a Material Culture course in the Fall of 2021. It is all towards supporting [re]discovery work in agency. I have thought a lot about objects and what people call them over the holiday break. Like how something is one thing at one point, but then time passes, and the object, no matter how much people still want to call the entity what it may have been, isn't what it is anymore and maybe never was, to begin with, being. This need for people to do that is quite fascinating. We hold so tightly to things that don't work anymore, don't function as they might have promised, all just random meshwork (as TIm Ingold calls them), as if to one day maybe they will work or should operate or, come on, it's crucial to call it its name even if it doesn't really have one because we/they say so. Funny and strange to never have had that worldview of it, reading marketing as something cool even when it's not and never has been. A Whatchamacallit is a "chocolate candy" bar not milk chocolate and the DuPont Company chose to poison the water and us on purpose. Shouldn't we be more than just a little bit upset about that? Kansas Dorothy isn't really from Liberal and it doesn't change the story anyway even if she was. Do the two sides of the brain even know that the heart is there?
POST OBJECT-DRIVEN (Life in POD not from OOO) The object-oriented ontology 'OOO'in IH&A comes from a false proposition of possessing to dismiss or discard ultimately. OOO is different from allowing heart-led unfolding, but 'hey, you're not going to change people right'... um, you don't have to- we're changing all the time. Material Culture (including and most importantly, Architecture) is vital to me in that it can allow the Principles of Art to unfold holistically. When it does, it's what Architect Christopher Alexander calls true beauty. Sacredness approach towards objects for building beauty has, is, and continues to be life's work for many people. Within the task of making the beautiful, there shouldn't be a desire to stake claim to the things because the Material, each relative and in relevance, carries its agency, and culture/milk (as a verb) is what creates a 'good' life. Life is a gift to be thankful for —yet the value of life still differs based on held worldview. What Art is to even our existing technologies' true origins continues to be an ongoing question. From Genevieve Vaughan's teachings, Mothering tells how and what to share and why. Good Mothering- in it 'being' Art (and the first actual technology; to be so bold as Jules Prown was the nipple delivering milk, not stone tools) that she shares with child- is and always essential and life-giving. This goal for the new-old story of beyond humanity is not without humans but what each carries within.