De-Placing Future Memory

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Classics and Ancient History

Abstract

Monuments and places are seen as containers of infused memory, but the extent to which they mold, enhance or weaken bonds of attachment and belonging have not been fully investigated. Nor has the potential of the material to act as the projector of memory into the future through an anticipation of a particular audience response and experience. It is these qualities of the bond between memory and the material world that this project seeks to explore.

Recent dialogues between archaeologists and historians have enabled access to those pasts, which are not in the written record, and experiences, which are not conveyed through verbal or textual media alone, due to their subliminal nature. This has been possible through history's questioning of 'the event' and 'the fact' and through archaeology's exploration of how the material world can act as agent, guiding action and perception. To better understand such phenomena and the role of the participant or audience these disciplines have also turned to the dramatic arts. The tangibility of the physical world and how it is experienced is also a key research focus in geography leading to debates about the relational or culturally constructed essence of place. These strands of inquiry may not be surprising in what is perceived as a rapidly shrinking world, with high levels of human mobility. Negotiations about identity, homeland and attachment to place, are often at the root of investigations of contemporary migrations and politics in conflict regions. But it is rare that the impact of the physical world, and its role is brought into consideration.

It will begin by drawing on the insights from current research trends in the disciplines outlined above, and bring these together with the methods of practicing visual artists. The aim is to learn from the way in which the past and present multi-sensory experience is translated into their work, that in turn forms a lens through which to view and interact with the world. The power of an artist's work is in part drawn from the ability to tap into and embody meaningful memories, but also in the capacity to anticipate and guide a particular future response to their art. Hence the workshops will not only create a forum for verbal debate but foster exchange of ideas through an engagement with non-verbal sensory media. This part of the project will be enacted via an artist led journey into place, guiding participants in translating their experience through an artistic form. This, along with seminars, will comprise the initial meeting of contributors. The second workshop will reflect on and take forward the knowledge gained in the first through a mixture of papers and a presentation of the artist's work, in an exhibition, prepared specifically for the project. It is the intention that this will be a traveling exhibition, which will first be hosted in the gallery hall of Exeter University's Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

The results of this dialogue will be presented in the form of a catalogue memory-guide, which will incorporate images of the artwork, a paper about the project and abstracts or views from the participants. These will also be disseminated, incorporating experimental art works by the participants, via a project based website. Contributions will also be drawn together in an edited volume, and a theoretical and methodological article on the impact of the material world on memory transmission. The wider community will be incorporated in the experience of the workshop through a presentation and public opening of the exhibition. It will also coincide with the 'Schools Conference', held at the University for local secondary institutions, as part of a Widening Participation initiative. As part of this event, alongside interactive seminars, the artists will use the exhibition and a short art journey as a starting point for exploration of key project themes of memory, identity and materialty, with the school children.

Publications

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Elena Isayev (Author) De-Placing Future Memory

 
Title 1000 Colours Blue Exhibition 
Description The creation of 1000 Colours Blue exhibited in Swansea and in Glasgow See Report and images: http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact See Report and images: http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386
 
Title 1000 Colours Blue Performance 
Description Numerous workshops with local choirs in Swansea, Aberystwyth and Exeter, to create a live CHoir performance in the centre of Swansea using the art work 1000 COlours Blue as the SOund Score See Report and images: http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact It led to further proejcts in Glasgow - Future Memory in Red Road with art pracittioners and community members (http://on.fb.me/1a4SZjp; http://bit.ly/19u93Aa) and also See REPORT http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386
 
Title A series of 8 paintings with mixed media by all participants created during the workshop 
Description paintings 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact exhibition 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Catrin Webster: a series of works made up of numerous postcards, as well as paintings and drawings 
Description prints and paintings 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact exhibition 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Creation of a series of art works by Hurcombe and MalAllah 
Description multimedia installations and sculptures 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact exhibition / collaboration 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Creation of the book by de-colonizing Architecture: Wezman, Hillal and Petti: 'The Book of Returns' 
Description Book / art piece 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact exhibition 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title De-Placing Future Memory 
Description exhibition and performance 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact exhibition and performance 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Future Memory in Red Road Glasgow Art Work 
Description The creation of coloured Sheets and fabrics representing stories gathered from archaeological objects, collected by participants (school pupils) by Artist Catrin Webster and Participants, hung on the Red Road Flats See details and images: http://on.fb.me/1a4SZjp; http://bit.ly/19u93Aa 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact This brought together numerous members of the community, including those in conflict, long term residents and refugees into a shared event, and also got some of them to establish relationships, that were previously difficult. It also changed perception of the nature of the site and the stories and narrative s associated with ti, through a combination of ancient history, archaeology, art and music. See details and images: http://on.fb.me/1a4SZjp; http://bit.ly/19u93Aa 
URL https://www.facebook.com/pages/Future-Memory-In-Red-Road/567530939948200
 
Title Future Memory in Red Road Glasgow Performance 
Description A musical and artistic performance, involving live choir and pre-recorded music / stories projected from the Red Road Flats, with hundreds of local people and residents coming to attend. See details and images: http://on.fb.me/1a4SZjp; http://bit.ly/19u93Aa 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact This brought together numerous members of the community, including those in conflict, long term residents and refugees into a shared event, and also got some of them to establish relationships, that were previously difficult. It also changed perception of the nature of the site and the stories and narrative s associated with ti, through a combination of ancient history, archaeology, art and music. See details and images: http://on.fb.me/1a4SZjp; http://bit.ly/19u93Aa 
URL https://www.facebook.com/pages/Future-Memory-In-Red-Road/567530939948200
 
Title Inside Out' by Maya Verlaak 
Description composition 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact performance 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Jonathan Lee 15 minute composition 'Remember Me' 
Description Orchestral performance 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact Orchestral performance 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Postcard Exhibition 
Description See Report and images: http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact It led to further proejcts in Glasgow - Future Memory in Red Road with art pracittioners and community members (http://on.fb.me/1a4SZjp; http://bit.ly/19u93Aa) and also See REPORT http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386
 
Title Rashad Salim: An installation and music piece: The Piano Project with Marion Wood 
Description music performance with multimedia sculpture - instrument 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact performance 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Rashad Salim: two pieces of art ink on paper scrolls: 1) Series: Allegory 2) Series: Ain-Ohm-Epsilon 
Description Multimedia art piece 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2008 
Impact exhibition 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Remember Me 
Description Short operatic piece 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact performance 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Sculpture Tessera Hospitalis 
Description A sculpture permanently located at the Swansea National Waterfront Museum See Report and images: http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact It led to further proejcts in Glasgow - Future Memory in Red Road with art pracittioners and community members (http://on.fb.me/1a4SZjp; http://bit.ly/19u93Aa) and also See REPORT http://projects.beyondtext.ac.uk/deplacingfuturememory-fo/index.php https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5386
 
Title Shauna McMullan : 2 pieces entitled: IN BLACK AND WHITE 
Description Mixed Media Artwork 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2008 
Impact Exhibition 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Shauna McMullan and Catrin Webster: Re-constructing Cartographies (2009) 16 Prints 
Description multimedia prints 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact exhibition 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title Short piece operatic performance based on a libretto by Anna Korula 
Description Operatic performance 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact Operatic performance 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Title The Piano Project 
Description installation / performance 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2009 
Impact installation performance, workshops 
URL https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/handle/10472/5258
 
Description These can be found in the report entitled:
De-Placement: Constructing & Mapping Place in Collaboration with Artists.
: http://hdl.handle.net/10472/5340
Exploitation Route As method of bringing together theory and practice. See report above
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://hdl.handle.net/10472/5340
 
Description The have led to Engagment projects thorugh FoF scheme and AHRC award (AH/I025956/1)
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Future Memory in Place
Amount £24,426 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/I025956/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Italy as a Cross Road: The transformative nature of Human Mobility. The Italian case as an explanatory model.
Amount £28,324 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/1027118/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Paradoxes of Place
Amount £28,000 (GBP)
Organisation Princeton University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United States
Start  
 
Description Alternative place currently applying for funding to work with international artists to the ERC. 
Organisation European Research Council (ERC)
Country European Union (EU) 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Information taken from Final Report
 
Description Campus in Camps 
Organisation Campus in Camps
Country Palestine, State of 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Providing an alternative place to think through contemporary concerns - thanks to research into the ancient world and migration
Collaborator Contribution Expertise and Experience of working with Displaced people esp. Refugees.
Impact Application for further funding, AHRC
Start Year 2015
 
Description DAAR Decolonising Architecture 
Organisation Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR)
Country Palestine, State of 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Providing an alternative place to think through contemporary concerns - thanks to research into the ancient world and migration
Collaborator Contribution Expertise and Experience of working with Displaced people esp. Refugees.
Impact Multi-disciplinary and multi-practice - has led to further activity and collaborations, including engagement activities, and grant applications.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Italy as a Cross Road: The transformative nature of Human Mobility. The Italian case as an explanatory model 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Considers the last two thousand years in a diachronic study of human mobility, using Italy as a model.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Long term Global Migration History 
Organisation University of Minnesota
Department Immigration History Research Center
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A research collaboration investigating long term historical trends in migration
Start Year 2010
 
Description Performing Ideas: Interdisciplinary workshop on research and performance (ESRC) 
Organisation University of Exeter
Department Department of Politics and International Relations
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Co-Organiser Dario Castiglione, Politics, University of Exeter New methods of incorporating Research and Performance, and training postgraduates, an exchange of ideas. It was based on some of the Methods form the Future Memory projects by Isayev, funded by AHRC
Collaborator Contribution New methods of incorporating Research and Performance, and training postgraduates, an exchange of ideas. It was based on some of the Methods form the Future Memory projects by Isayev, funded by AHRC. The partners contribution was ways of thinking about performance.
Impact Ongoing discussion about methods of linking Research with practice.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Europe Discourse - Global Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Providing an alternative place to think through contemporary concerns - thanks to research into the ancient world and migration, esp. during Current Refugee Crisis Specifically as concerns Europe.

Discourse and changes in views beyond what is believed in the Media - creation of a workign partnership with Global Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.globalcentredevon.org.uk/events/gc-community-events
 
Description Radio - Politics, migration and place, boundaries and finance' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact with others, hosted by Audaye, 'Politics, migration and place, boundaries and finance'

Programme Title: A Head of the Curve

Date of and time of broadcast:Wednesday 14th July 10 5pm-6pm GMT

Phonic FM 106.8, Devon, UK

http://www.phonic.fm/2010/07/30/politics-migration-and-place-boundaries-and-finance/

Radio Interview about key issues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Radio - Spaces and places from antiquity to present day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact with Richard Seaford, hosted by Audaye, 'Spaces and places from antiquity to present day'

Programme Title: A Head of the Curve

Date of and time of broadcast: Friday 24th December 10 10am-12pm GMT

Phonic FM 106.8, Devon, UK

http://www.phonic.fm/2010/12/24/spaces-and-places-from-antiquity-to-present-day/

Interest in topic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description School Visit for Outreach event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact School Discussion about Migration ancient and modern
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014