Friday, 18 December 2009
"Our aim here is to reconstruct an alphabet of visual memory that addresses the constant tension between memory and forgetting, concealment and revelation, in the Chilean context; but how can this tension be reproduced in the exhibition context?"
The work of CADA – Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (1979 – 1985, RCH)demonstrate the significance of the role of the creative practitioner in Chile during the dictatorship. Their interventions challenged the censorship of the time by creating a highly visible form of protest.
In Northern Ireland, memory and forgetting are part of the ongoing discourse that surrounds the conflict These issues are particularily interesting in the context of an oral archive, offering more questions than answers, as they feed into the collective memory of a community. My belief is that creative processes and practices offer new possibilities and platforms for dissemination of oral history, with its multiplicity of standpoints, which in turn offer new methods of exploration, challenge and understanding of issues in a post-conflicted society.
And so the journey of exploration into the role of creative practices and technologies in the dissemination of an oral archive in a post-conflicted society begins.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
In response to the experiences of the Nationalist community of West Belfast, the Duchas Oral Archive project was established in 2000, its aim being to document life in West Belfast during the Troubles. Since its inception, the project has created an oral history sound and personal photographic archive containing 100 interviews, which reflect a range of experiences. The collection is situated at The Falls Community Council Offices where it can be simultaneously read and listened to. To access the archive it is necessary to make an appointment by contacting Falls Community Council 275/277 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6FD Tel 028 9020 2030.