Message - Re: collective memory

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Posted by  Manuel Oliveros on October 16, 2002 at 09:54:55:

In Reply to:  collective memory posted by naresh kalla on October 16, 2002 at 04:28:44:

By the mere deed of construction, an environment is built, that will imprint the memory of those involved with it, and traces will be left of the culture and men that built the thing. Of course our ability to erase traces is much augmented lately, but normally significant number of traces remain, if only out of lazyness... we are still somewhat "burn and cultivate for some time" individuals. So in some sense collective memory is a given with construction.

One can furthermore load the construction with intent, then of course the building itself will be loaded with the wanted symbols of the culture or group that afforded the means to get the thing built.

For example, the new big hall of the mormon church will make no doubt some impression on the believers of the faith, yet quite likely most of those of different faith or none will go unimpressed, because the symbology is alien to them. Contrarily, some architects or engineers may find interesting some details pertaining to the execution of the hall. But the collective memory will be at work mainly for the believers, or those living nearby: such year we built a temple where we for the first time could concregate in vast numbers etc.

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