ARMATURE OF MEMORY: A MULTI-SENSORY IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE TO INVESTIGATE MEMORY FUNCTION
This project developed out of a brief to link my spatial design, theatre set design and interest in museology and immersive installation art. Interestingly, I found a link through brain function; more specifically through senses, emotion and memory function. I found that we remember what we experience across many, or all of our senses better when exposed to one. Research has also shown a link with food memories and location. With this, other research and experiences in mind, I started to speculate if it was possible to transfer a memory of mine to someone else through a multi-sensory immersive experience, and at the same time, if I could determine a conversation topic through an environment.
Using a haptic approach and limited colour, I created three multi sensory scenarios of my food memories. These were categorised as the courses in a three course meal. An additional appetiser section was also incorporated as an ice-breaker. The experience ran like a theatre performance over three consecutive evenings. Starting at a set time, a maximum of 6 participants would be guided around the different quadrants by a soundscape. The participants were asked to investigate their environments and vocalise their findings with the others with the hope that they would hit upon key words relating to my memory.
Once, man physically accomplished, experienced and participated.
Once, all of our senses were used in unison to create memories.
Those moments that show you have experienced and ‘lived’.
Worlds are now lived in a computer, in a false reality, time zones and opening hours are blurred, as are our working hours.
Physical distractions stem from only the most basic of human necessities. Man now lives in a world where no risks are taken.
A comfortable existence is confirmed and symbolised within our electronic comfort blankets.
The modern materialistic attitudes of not just the youth, have stunted mental growth along with creative ability and a passion for physical experiences.
Armature of Memory: Promotional Video