What is “material?” 

What does it mean to have a category of “nature?” 

What does material presence reveal about “otherness?” 

When does a material lose presence?

How are our expectations revealed in our attitudes towards materials?


How do categories such as “indoor” and “outdoor” “manufactured” and “natural resource” manage our expectations? 

What bodies of knowledge can a material open us or close us to? 

What relationships are evoked in a material? 

How can a material elevate in status?

What qualities does a material need to possess to evoke desire?