Making Things Talk: Hoard, Collection, Archive


  • Gianluca Camillini Free University of Bozen Faculty of Design and Art
  • Roberto Gigliotti Free University of Bozen, Faculty of Design and Art
  • Clara Sestini Free University of Bozen, Faculty of Design and Art



archive, collection, historical memory, hoarding, storytelling


We store things in our everyday spaces –objects, artefacts or images– that over time betray their original function to become stories. As they accumulate, they lie in wait for someone to find the time to interrogate them and bring them back to the present time.
Whether they be large or small, digital or physical, public or private, hoards prevent access to the stories of the things they contain. To give a group of things a structure than can last over time, guaranteeing controlled development and greater access to the stories they contain, hoarding is not enough: the hoarded objects can only begin to talk and tell their story if they are organized into a defined order, if they are curated, either through the work of an archivist or the criteria of a collector.
This paper considers the hoarding of objects in every possible sense, reflecting on their narrative power and on the capacity of artefacts to constitute a recorded historical memory, be it personal or collective.




How to Cite

Camillini, G., Gigliotti, R., & Sestini, C. (2020). Making Things Talk: Hoard, Collection, Archive. Img Journal, 2(3), 428–441.