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
    Number of pages5
    JournalAdaptive Behavior
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Mar 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: John Sutton’s research was supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant DP180100107 ‘Cognitive Ecologies: a philosophical study of collaborative embodied skills’.

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    • past
    • heritage
    • memory
    • memoryscope


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