Indexing Memory: Archiving the Everyday and Representing Bestowed Significance

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Clark, Laura Ainsley Ireland




Memory, although personal, ambiguous and perplexing, is universal. Represented in various manners, memory exists in the past, present and future of our emotional, mental, and physical space, constructed and re-lived by our actions. This thesis explores the formation and recollection of memory by creating an archive; indexing ten architectural elements of the everyday, creating a network of tangible memories, meaningful, personal, and fluid across time and place. Memory has three sites: a place where it is formed, a place where it is recalled, and the path of travel in which it is transported, the human brain. A global phenomenon, memory is sited and recalled in mundane or contradictory places from its formation. How do we attribute value to sites of recollection? How do we represent memory? The resulting archive of this work accentuates how everyday architectures are sites of bestowed significance, not merely mundane elements of the built environment.






Carleton University

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