MotiRoti Artistic Research Lab – Memory

Memory = Identity


What is memory? How is it triggered?

Personal memory vs collective memory vs received memory…

What happens when memory fades or is suddenly lost?

And what of amnesia… forced by illness or forced by politics?
We’re excited to be beginning a series of Research Labs this autumn, which will focus on a range of themes motiroti finds compelling for interdisciplinary exploration. The first one is on Memory and is taking place in early December in central London.

Memories are crucial to our sense of self, community and society but they are also fragile, tentative and contested. Understood in popular culture to be primarily a cognitive/mental phenomenon this Lab intends to expand our understanding of memory by exploring it also as an embodied, sensorial and social phenomenon. That is, memory resides as much in our flesh and body as it does in mementos and memorabilia and social relationship as it does in the mind.

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Now and Elsewhere (via

by quitexander, 03/12/10 2:28pm
The Problem and the Provocation We would like to begin by taking a sentence from the formulation of the problem that set the ball rolling for this lecture series. In speaking of the “hesitation in developing any kind of comprehensive strategy” for understanding precisely what it is that we call contemporary art today (in the [...]
by quitexander, 02/12/10 7:54pm
One of the things that has inspired the participants at today's research lab. Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. read more

Lest We Forget. Is that such a good thing? (via MotiRoti/Andrew Dubber)

by quitexander, 02/12/10 6:10pm
Our ability to remember is crucial to our everyday existence and our ability to function within our environment. Our perception of the world around us consists of a composite of live information via our senses and short/medium term memory. Through a number of experiments this association between live and remembered information is highlighted in a [...]

Memory & Music

by Steve Lawson, 02/12/10 1:17pm
The implications of these things (talked about in the above linked video) for musicians are huge - how often does our reaction to a recording we make reflect our experiences when the music was actually played?
by quitexander, 01/12/10 1:09pm
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness. read more
by quitexander, 30/11/10 10:28pm
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History & its Memory… Memory & its History

by quitexander, 30/11/10 10:25pm
While talking to people about the limitless possibilities of delving into aspects of memory… while some said it is scientifically proven that we do not remember things before the age of seven, to some one narrating their earliest memories as a child of eighteen months being pushed along in the parks of crystal palace… to [...]