Spaces of Memory
RA Forum: Future Memory (21 May 2011)
This event was part of a wider series called Future Memory, which examined the role of memory in various cultural practices, and explored how interventions in the present can alter, inform and distort memory in the future. In this third event in the series, held in the Life Room of the RA Schools, we considered the relationship between space and memory through a variety of contributions from artists, architects and researchers.
The event was chaired by Iain Borden with presentations by Fiona Anderson, Inez de Coo, Gregory Dart, Blue Firth, Asif Khan, Yat Ming Loo and Will Montgomery. Their presentations and the subsequent discussion can be viewed below:
Iain Borden is Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett. He is a historian and theorist of architecture and urban culture, interested not just in how our cities function but also how they are designed, what they mean to people and how they are experienced. Amongst other works, he is author of Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body (2001) and the forthcoming Drive: Automobile Journeys through Cities, Architecture & Film.
Gregory Dart is Senior Lecturer in English at UCL. His research, both current and prospective, is centrally concerned with the modern city, as a cultural and material phenomenon. He is on the editorial board of The Hazlitt Review and his book Rousseau, Robespierre and Romanticism was published in 1999. With Matthew Beaumont, he edited Restless Cities, a collection of essays tracing the patterns that have defined everyday life in the modern city, which was published in 2010.
Will Montgomery makes electronic music, sound art and field recordings. His musical pieces explore aural texture and narrative. He also constructs compositions from sequences of treated or untreated field recordings. He is interested in the acoustics of the built environment, particularly London which he has explored in several works, including Thames Water (2009), Viaducts (2010) and Elephant (2007-10). He teaches contemporary poetry at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Fiona Anderson is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at King’s College London, writing on representations of waterfront cruising in late 1970s New York in the work of the artist and writer David Wojnarowicz. She is a member of the Queer@King’s research group and has lectured at Tate Modern and Oxford University, and published on Wojnarowicz in Papers of Surrealism.
Blue Firth was born in 1981 in Derby, and lives and works in London. She is about to graduate from the Royal Academy Schools in summer 2011. Previous exhibitions include Self Help, 2011 Copenhagen Place, London, Vigil, 2010 Royal Academy Schools, London, That Beautiful Pale Face is my Fate (For Lord Byron), Nottingham Contemporary, 2009, Nottingham.
Inez de Coo is a visual artist, specialising in video art. She completed her BA at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst, The Hague in 2008 and will graduate from the Royal Academy Schools this Summer. She is interested in applying ideas from film theory and history with psychoanalysis and philosophy to explore the intersections between fiction and reality, exploring cinema’s role in shared social and cultural heritage as a record of collective memory. Her work has been screened throughout Europe.
Yat Ming Loo is an architect. He holds a PhD degree from the Bartlett. His thesis, which examines the postcolonial architecture and urban space in Kuala Lumpur, was shortlisted for RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Thesis 2010. He is currently leading an oral history project to trace the history of London’s first Chinatown at Limehouse. He teaches part-time in the MA Architectural History at the Bartlett, UCL and University of Brighton.