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(Untitled), Memory and Forgetting

Illingworth, Shona (2003) (Untitled), Memory and Forgetting. PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences), Northern Print Studio, Arts Council England, NESTA Item format: Multi channel sound installation using new audio technologies. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:45551)

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(Untitled) Memory and Forgetting was commissioned by PEALS (Policy Ethics and Life Sciences) and made in collaboration by Shona Illingworth and neuroscientist Martin A. Conway. It was developed through working intensively with three people who had experienced the trauma of dislocation, through war, migration and brutal military conscription. It is a sound installation using recordings made by Shona Illingworth over six month period.

Installed in galleries across the UK, the walls of a white empty room emanate with voices of people who have been dispossessed and displaced through war or resettlement. Fragments of disembodied voices speak of vivid details from memory, ‘a blue carpet’, ‘a soldier eating something out of a bag’.

The installation uses new sound technology initially developed by the US Military to turn large panels of wood into speakers, emitting sound from across the entire surface, so that voices appear to emanate from the walls and to move around the room - so that the walls seem to literally speak. The work received an grant from Arts and Business to commission FeONIC,developers of this technology to build a prototype specially for this project and presented a haunting composition of voices, emotionally charged memory and fragmented narratives.

Item Type: Composition
Additional information: (Untitled) Memory and Forgetting touring in a group exhibition to: Hatton Gallery, Newcastle; Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham; Huddersfield Art Gallery and Artsway, Hampshire throughout 2003.
Subjects: N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Funders: Nesta (
Arts Council England (
Depositing User: Shona Illingworth
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 22:21 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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