Living Archaeology of the Place

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Living Archaeology of the Place (2012-2014)

This is an intergenerational and intercultural engagement programme conceived by the artist to generate public engagement with the installation Streets of… 7 cities in 7 minutes and develop a deeper understanding of diverse cultures in the UK, challenging cultural stereotypes and lowering barriers.

Between August and November 2012 Alda Terracciano devised and delivered ten interactive Memory Sessions with members of the Brazilian, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Moroccan and Portuguese communities in London, who either come from or had direct knowledge of the cities featured in the installation. After experiencing the artworks, participants were asked to share feelings, thoughts and memories of their city. The debate focussed on old traditions, everyday rituals and contemporary urban life, as well as personal notions of home and cultural identity. By discussing the body language, sounds, gestures and ceremonies unique to each city, participants accessed their own ancestral memories of the place. The result is a unique tapestry of cross-cultural heritage of migration, which can be explored along thematic subjects and geographical locations in the People’s Memory Archive holding video documentation of these sessions. In addition, during the presentation of the installation at the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2014 in Naples, the artist delivered a series of Memory Sessions with members of the local audience. Extracts of these sessions are available in the People’s Memory Archive.

As part of their contributions to the Memory Sessions participants brought with them cultural items best representing their connection to the cities. Members of the audience also contributed to this online visual repository sending material online.

If you would like to contribute to this digital archive, please contact us here.