Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar


Mikael Lundberg


Ongoing research

Project: Place and Memories – traces of life streams

Our memories and attitudes are anchored in our surroundings and actualized in encounters with specific artifacts and places. This can be related to the Greek term ”topos” and its Latin equivalent ”locus”, in the original rhetorical sense of the words as resources for thought. The term home, for example, functions as such a topos or locus for our private memory. Spatial relationships also bear significance for common memories and attitudes. This spatial significance has, however, decreased due to large-scale migration and new collective reference systems, particularly new media. A decreased level of local anchoring in urban spaces and architecture has also contributed to the development.

What can be done to strengthen common space as a shared reference? Can art through its ability to capture attention contribute to this? What material should be used and how should this material be presented in order to function as a collective platform? The technological development enables us to build narratives of data regarding a place. Sensors and other technical equipment for data collection are easily obtained and are also being installed in our environment. A rapid increase in this field is to be expected in the near future. But what parts of these masses of data are meaningful, and which are still missing? What kinds of data are compromising our sense of integrity instead of promoting a shared common ground? What kinds of contexts should be foregrounded and artistically expressed in order to function as collective memory?

The purpose of this project is to examine how data collected in a public space might be filtered, organized and expressed artistically in order to function as a platform for collective memory. The artistic process will be structured in order to examine questions such as: If one takes a place as departure in order to create a memory, what kind of memory is one creating? Does it represent the place? What kinds of associations can be traced between the collected data and the final artistic expression?

The project is funded by The Swedish Research Council and runs through 2013-2015.

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