Mountain of Memory
Graphite on paper
Consumed by a desire to hoard memories, our technological culture has become obsessed with extending the capacity beyond biological limitations a digital reservoir of memory we have come to depend on for our recollection. There is no longer any need for the individual to remember. Carrying around memories in our minds might even be a burden. The apparent convenience of externalised memory is nothing but a folly.
Memories are ever-fleeting moments; any attempt to hold on to them sees them slip further away, an inevitable failure of searching and getting lost.
A paradox emerges out of this situation: the simultaneous remembrance and forgetfulness. But through reimagining the ancient notion of 'Memory Loci', architecture as a means of navigation and as a device to trigger memory, the dislocation is situated. What becomes of our memory? Our identity and the notion of 'self'...? Is there still a 'self'? Will the 'self' remain or be forgotten?
BA (Hons), Architecture, University of Liverpool, 2007
Freelance designer, London, 2011 to present; Architectural consultant, Spa Esprit, Singapore, 2011; Research and evaluation consultant, Places Matter!, Liverpool, 2009; Architectural designer, shedkm, Liverpool, 2007–8
Winner, Best Design Project Part 1, RIBA Bronze Medal Nomination, 2007