Preserving without conserving: memoryscopes and historically burdened heritage

John Sutton*

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    Rather than conserving or ignoring historically burdened heritage, RAAAF intervene. Their responses are striking, sometimes dramatic or destructive. Prompted by Rietveld’s discussion of the Luftschloss project, I compare some other places with difficult pasts which engage our embodied and sensory responses, without such active redirection or disruption. Ross Gibson’s concept of a ‘memoryscope’ helps us identify distinct but complementary ways of focussing the forces of the past. Emotions and imaginings are transmitted over time in many forms. The past is not easily washed, blasted or sliced away. By considering other settings and modes of encounter, we can recognise and applaud the novelty of RAAAF’s interventions while urging further attention to the variable dynamics and rhythms of remembering and of sociomaterial residues.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)555-559
    Number of pages5
    JournalAdaptive Behavior
    Issue number6
    Early online date18 Mar 2021
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


    • past
    • heritage
    • memory
    • memoryscope


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