MEMORY BOX : recordings of a neighborhood
2016 | PUBLIC INSTALLATION | İZMİR
How can urban memory be curated so that it would transgress its passive entity and revived through a mobile vehicle?
Tuba Doğu & Melis Varkal
In its simplest form, memory is retaining and recalling recent or far past experiences often coming in oral forms and narratives. It is the act of remembering, recollecting narratives that are inevitably linked to space. Although memory is thought to belong to an individual, it transcends the individual perspective and becomes a collective phenomenon created by the society.
"Collective memory is selective, socially constructed, contained spatiality — a society’s memory is reconstruction of past" (Halbwachs, 1992).
Yet, how can urban memory be curated so that it would transgress its passive entity and revived through a mobile vehicle? In what ways can this revival become an outcome of a collective will? How can this process be transformed into a mobile and public performance?
‘Memory Box’ is beyond a public installation but a project seeking the answers to these questions. At the same time, having started in December 2015, ‘Memory Box’ is the outcomes of the project which is based on remembering the transformation process of ‘Cultural Center’ located in Güzelyalı neighborhood of Izmir. The memories referring the civic initiation about the transformation of As Movie Theatre of 80’s into a ‘Cultural Center’ were emphasized and made visible via the ‘Memory Box’ located in the park of the same neighborhood in last June. The components of this process is exhibited at K2 Contemporary Art Center in Izmir to meet with the rest of the Izmir siders.
* Memory Box is an event implemented under CONNECTING COMM(ON)UNITIES project initiated by ARTA in Dialog (Cluj/RO) and UrbanTank (Izmir/TR). Curated by Monica Sebestyen and Tuba Doğu. Funded by TANDEM Turkey-EU Programme.
TANDEM – Cultural Managers Exchange Turkey – EU is an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), MitOst (Berlin), Anadolu Kültür Foundation (Istanbul), and supported by Stiftung Mercator (Essen).