Locus Memoir examines the relationship between cultural and individual identity, how these two concepts coexist within the same person, and how a multitude of these identities can function within the same architectural space. This piece works inside the Humboldt Forum foyer to rebuild and reconstruct memories in a space different from where they were formed.
Cultural identity is often influenced by societal norms and codes of conduct. It is also shaped by tradition and internalized ideas, both social and political, that affect early stages of character development. Individual identity is generally considered an independent and more subjective character trait, developed through life experience. There is an intrinsic relationship between cultural and individual identities which often goes unnoticed. Locus Memoir asks how much of our culture has been internalized and how much still follows us even after departure from a point of origin. This work engages with the Humboldt Forum’s architecture and its power to embody, to erase, to recall, and to be a sounding place for memory.
Can we depart from our origins simply by altering the space around us?
Can we depart from our memories by inhabiting a space that does not reflect them?
Beyond the physical action of changing one’s location in space, how is the experience of departure tied to individual and collective memory?
How can the foyer of a museum be repurposed/reframed as a place to remember things which are no longer there, whether those things are missing architectures of the site itself or physical memories of the performers?