Bricolage of memory
I propose to work from an imagined museum. My taxonomy is described below. The four areas of memory I have focused on are: individual, collective, imagined, retold. I have not used a hierarchical structure
An object from an occasion of viewing: a slide.
It is like a piece of film negative held in a small frame. The film is not in negative but true colours and is viewed by shining light through the film either with a small hand held viewer of with the use of a projector. It is like a lot of other images captured from the same era in that it was made using a single lens camera and had to be sent away to be processed. Now it has a vintage feel to it. The images are sharp and bright. They are also fragile.
It might be stored in a box such as the one I have chosen to store the index cards in for the Bricolage of Memory. It contains both index cards and slides. The slide can only be fully viewed if it is taken out and the viewing is intentional.
It would be categorised as I, c, f (individual, collective, family
It is not high art but from the creative endeavours of a family member, a grandpa. Taken when film rolls were only 24 or 36 frames long. Each shot was carefully considered and only one image taken.
This slide is surrounded by other objects that have a relational human context. Each object or remembered moment is a trigger to some form of memory. The collection contains object such as children’s shoes, the bric-à-brac of daily life and photographs, it contains a bricolage of objects that we might think or remember with.
“We find it familiar to consider objects as useful or aesthetic, as necessities or vain indulgences. We are on less familiar ground when we consider objects as companions to our emotional lives or as provocations to thought. The notion of evocative objects brings together these two less familiar ideas, underscoring the inseparability of thought and feeling in our relationship to things. We think with the objects we love; we love the objects we think with” Sherry Turkle, Evocative Objects
These objects might purely be displayed through the recalling of memory or as objects brought together in an exhibition. The instruction for “entering” the Bricolage of Memory would be through the imagination. Each “visitor” would be asked to recall a favoured museum or galley and then to enter into one’s own imagined space, placing the objects and memories in this imagined space. “Walking” round the rooms would be aided by the box of index cards pulled out at random.
This particular slide is of two girls. The smaller younger one in a pink dress, the taller older one in a white dress. They both have their hands clasped in front of them as they pose for the photo. Both girls are smiling. They are cousins. They stand in front of a full boarder of flowers and plants. They are standing on concrete slabs. It is a sunny day in the summer. This photo is a strongly recalled family image. It is used as proof of childhood friendship along with many other images of these two girls.
Most recent viewing, Sunday 4th November 2018 in the sitting room of Robert and Marion Taylor. Viewed on a slide projector.
Turkle, S 2007 Evocative Objects The Mit Press Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cavallaro, D 2001 Critical and Cultural Theory The Athlone Press, London