The Communication of Memory and the Inhabited Experience

Pamela SALEN

KEYWORDS : memory, uninhabited, embodied experience, re-imagining, communication, space

ABSTRACT : This paper proposes that memory and the inhabited experience are a particular form of embodied communication. In doing so, it privileges personal and interpersonal accounts of the every day as an impetus towards shaping practice-led research in communication design that encompasses ambiguity, authorship and co-creation. How we share, perceive and translate the embodied experience—from making to writing to receiving—offers an opportunity to position the practice of communication design as both a narrative and a verb. Recent works by the author: Objects of Memories (2010-13), The Name of a Room (2011-13) and Interior Memory: Re-imagining Home (2014) are examined as methods of inquiry that define embodied communication as an act that materialises an ephemeral experience. Reflection and slowness, in particular, working with hand tools, paper and the photogram are the processes employed that enable memories to surface and draw connection to embodiment and lived-in space. Furthermore, materiality, metaphor and Gestalt principles are discussed as means into how we reflect upon and communicate embodiment through the process of making.

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The Communication of Memory and the Inhabited Experience

Pamela SALEN

Monash University, Australia
pamela.salen[at]monash.edu
www.pamelasalen.com

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