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Memory in motion: soundings from Milltown, Montana

Memory in motion: soundings from Milltown, Montana Geographers have begun to investigate the link between creative production and cultural memory-work, exploring how art interventions frame and facilitate engagements with the past in place. This paper builds on this emerging area of enquiry to examine the transformation of an industrial river landscape in Western Montana, and the production of a sound artwork which attempted to respond to the landscape's unmaking with an interactive installation at a local museum. An interest in how cultural remembrance is practised and performed in relation to processes of material disarticulation guides the analysis. In conclusion, the paper proposes that a form of kinetic memory characterises engagement with ephemeral sites and the cultural productions they catalyse. The researcher's involvement in the installation process opens up an adjacent discussion about geographical research conducted on, and through, contemporary art practice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social & Cultural Geography Taylor & Francis

Memory in motion: soundings from Milltown, Montana

Social & Cultural Geography , Volume 11 (5): 20 – Aug 1, 2010
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Taylor & Francis
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1470-1197
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1464-9365
DOI
10.1080/14649365.2010.488750
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Abstract

Geographers have begun to investigate the link between creative production and cultural memory-work, exploring how art interventions frame and facilitate engagements with the past in place. This paper builds on this emerging area of enquiry to examine the transformation of an industrial river landscape in Western Montana, and the production of a sound artwork which attempted to respond to the landscape's unmaking with an interactive installation at a local museum. An interest in how cultural remembrance is practised and performed in relation to processes of material disarticulation guides the analysis. In conclusion, the paper proposes that a form of kinetic memory characterises engagement with ephemeral sites and the cultural productions they catalyse. The researcher's involvement in the installation process opens up an adjacent discussion about geographical research conducted on, and through, contemporary art practice.

Journal

Social & Cultural GeographyTaylor & Francis

Published: Aug 1, 2010

Keywords: cultural memory; sound art; river restoration; materiality; dissonant heritage; souvenir culturel; art de son; restauration des fleuves; matérialité; héritage dissonant; memoria cultural; arte del sonido; restauración de ríos; materialidad; patrimonio discordante

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