Spomenik: Resurrecting Voices in the Woods

Kirk, David, Durrant, Abigail, Kosem, Jim and Reeves, Stuart (2018) Spomenik: Resurrecting Voices in the Woods. Design Issues, 34 (1). pp. 67-83. ISSN 0747-9360

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/DESI_a_00477

Abstract

Spomenik (“monument”) was a digital memorial architecture that transposes in time otherwise hidden cultural memories of atrocity. Spomenik, was designed as a simple digital audio guide, embedded in a remote rural location (Kočevski Rog, Slovenia) to work without the infrastructure normally present at national memorial sites. By resurrecting voices and cultural narratives of the deceased and placing them back into the landscape through digital means, Spomenik opens a dialogue about the events of the past and their relation to networks of the living; it explored the role of voice and agency, as serviced through design, in the act of memorialization. This article presents a detailed case study of a design-led inquiry about digital memorialization and digital preservation of cultural heritage. It offers a reflective account of the nature of legacy and the extent to which it is (and perhaps should be) necessarily bound to networks of collective memory, mediated through designed cultural tools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: memory, memorialization, cultural heritage, legacy, mobile
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
V100 History by period
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 13:57
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2018 14:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34812

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