Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Marcel Vos, from Aki/Artez’s photography dept 4 day photography workshop with Roseanne Lynch, CIT/Crawford College of Art and Design photography dept. April 5th April 2011

Marcel introduced the workshop explaining the history of the Memento project, the 6 other college’s involvement and set about a plan of thinking and action for the 4 days.
Marcel and Roseanne worked with nine of our 2nd year students. The group were mostly from the photography elective, but included two students from other disiplines, who were interested to join having heard about the project.

The process was to include all types of photography to create work around memories of childhood. Marcel asked students to collect information and objects,  and to create a personal response to their own memories.  Students brought songs, prayers and stories as well as photographs, and other objects. They also looked to other students to involve them in the process of the collection of stories.
There followed an introduction to large format photography and studio lighting for those students whose work was to go in that direction, and the learning curve was steep, the intention being that students could make informed choices relating to their practice.
Students printed in the darkroom or using digital scanning, processing and printing, continually  discussing work with the tutors and in group settings.

The resulting work is as varied as the students themselves, those students from other countries who could not access actual objects from their childhood worked in different ways and work reflected the precent tense of these memories.

The response from students to the intensity of the learning was a very positive one, and they are looking forward now to seeing their work in the context of the work from the other institutuions.

Roseanne Lynch

Thursday, 2 June 2011



Monday, 16 May 2011

The curator's notes for the exhibition in London


Sarah Catherine Gifford

'Every passion borders on chaos, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories'
Walter Benjamin

The development of photography and cinematography saw us become a visually obsessed society, documenting every event digitally instead of through natural memory alone.  In truth, how many birthdays has one had in one’s lifetime that have not been documented artificially?  Over time these artificial memories have become art forms in their own right.
Natural memory has long been just a platform or forum for knowledge.  But it has developed into an art form in its own right: an ability to retain rather than a source for retaining.  In addition to the mental act of remembering becoming a form of art, memory itself can be an artistic medium.  For similar to all other media in art, memory has the ability to document reality, no matter how disjointedly or inaccurately.
The work displayed here, the ‘artificial memories’, embody the one thing that natural memory cannot: a visual, the ability to share with others through images instead of words. Even when these artificial reproductions are not ‘real’ - such as the still image of a photograph or the impressions of an artist - they provide that important cue to remind us that the moment existed, and was documented: to be remembered.


Friday, 13 May 2011

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


A reminder to ALL WIMBLEDON MEMENTO STUDENTS your work must be handed to Sarah Catherine Gifford BEFORE the Easter holidays, ie THIS WEEK.

This can be done by contacting me via e-mail, blog or mobile to arrange a pick up time. I will also make a trip around the Fine Art studios tomorrow (Wednesday)in the afternoon for a collection of work.

Contact me asap if there are any issues.