Fact, fiction or hoax - memory, the intertwining of presence and absence

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Title Fact, fiction or hoax - memory, the intertwining of presence and absence
Author Porch, Debra Lynn
Publication Title Port Arthur Project: re-interpreting Port Arthur historic site through contemporary visual art
Editor Noel Frankham
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Austrralia
Publisher ACUADS: The Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools
Abstract The proposed paper, fact, fiction or hoax – Memory, the intertwining of presence and absence, speculatively alleges that visual installation has the potential to operate as an adhesive that enables the viewer to forge poignant connections between the past and present. It proposes that visual installation acts as a pivotal source to weave memory and the imagination in the present to the fact, fiction or hoax of the absent past— addressing the critical role that absence and presence play in relation to one's memory when confronting an installation piece. Two questions the paper proposes of visual installation's connection to absence and presence are: •Does visual installation have the potential to reveal recollections of the past or the finding of things otherwise forgotten when the individual confronts or encounters it? •Does memory have the capacity to shift what may have been deemed an ordinary experience into an extraordinary experience by one's encounter of an installation? (Noting that the context of the extraordinary also references the awareness of the recollection itself.) The relationship of memory to absence and presence will be explored through visual installation as a conduit in revealing past events or experiences embedded in one's memory—questioning what of memory is fact, fiction or hoax. The paper presents a view that visual mechanisms utilised in installation practice provide links to traces of absent events or experiences. These traces can once again become tangible when certain objects and images activate memory's condition to them.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://acuads.com.au/
Alternative URI http://acuads.com.au/publishing/publications/PortArthurProject/portarthurproject.htm
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2008. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
ISBN 9780975836033
Conference name Revelation: installation art and its capacity to interpret and elaborate places of historical signif
Location Hobart, Tasmania
Date From 2007-03-26
Date To 2007-03-27
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/25541
Date Accessioned 2008-03-17
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Creative Arts Research
Faculty Queensland College of Art
Subject PRE2009-Visual Arts and Crafts
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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