The artifacts we produce reflect the values that our relationships with each other define.

The residue humans leave in their wake, from useful objects to toxic waste, are artifacts that emerge from the stories and mythologies we share with each other. These stories and mythologies serve as a narrative lens through which people collectively view the world and their place in it. They shape a society’s belief about what is important, what is valuable, and what is worth pursuing, resulting in a framework of cultural values that organizes a society’s activities and determine what objects are worth creating. Being born out of this framework, these artifacts embody the narratives that conjure them into existence. Consequently, in order to change the materiality, form or very existence of any object the underlying narrative must be changed first.