Brady Wagoner: Making meaning of memorials - Materialising grief and memory

On The March 22, 2021

10:00 à 12:00

This presentation explores the meaning of memorials through a brief historical survey and in a study of people’s experience as they interact with them in-situ.

Memorials are materialisations of collective memory, oriented not only to the past but also as a statement to the future. While much has been written on the architectural and urban qualities of memorials far less has been done to explore how people make sense of and interact with them. This project uses an innovative subject camera methodology, which records first person audio and video, to analyse people’s situated and ongoing experience of memorial sites. Using this methodology, this presentation will contrast traditional memorials (focused on heroes and victories, using a figurative style) with ‘counter’ memorials (focused on victims and loss, using an abstract and minimalist form).

Brady Wagoner  is Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Centre for Cultural Psychology and MA programs in Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University (Denmark) and a 2020-2021 fellow at the Collegium.
Centre for Cultural Psychology | Department of Communication and Psychology | Aalborg University | Teglgaards plads 1 | 9000 Aalborg

Illustration : Gómez Platero designs World Memorial to the Pandemic for Uruguayan coast