Cécile Chevalier is completing a PhD at Sussex entitled: Remembering to remember: a practice-led study in digital re-appropriation and bodily perception. This work looks at ways the evolution of the digital technology and social networks cultural memory has been transformed, in relation to how memories are represented, and how they may be engaged with or re-accessed. The re-mediation of digital and material memories is investigated by exploring the embodied experience of groups for whom reminiscence has become central to the quality of life, through art and/as social practice. The digital object is re-thought as a memory object: in particular exploring its stillness and abstraction from everyday temporality. Cécile’s practice-led research asks how ‘bodiless’ digital objects shape and alter cultural memory, and how this process might be technologised or automated. Her research entails the design of various modes of art as social practice, to explore new forms of memory. Modes include communal activities in public space, and installation works as transitional processes of memory between spectator, object, and technology. How do digital interactive installations offer new possibilities of bodily engagement? How does art installation allow for transference, placed between fictional and historical dialogue between the viewer, the object, and the technology?


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