Memory and Making: panel discussion

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  • UTS Gallery

    Level 4, Peter Johnson Building (Building 6)
    702 Harris St, Ultimo,
    University of Technology, Sydney

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For the first time in history knowing has been separated from learning, with the Internet reshaping the struggle that memory wages against forgetfulness. Memory formerly acquired through the time consuming application of effort and concentration is now more often an easily and randomly accessed online resource rather than something produced as the evidence of knowing.  However, memory remains an essential tool of cognition, creation and conceptualisation for artists, something they still carry around within them.  The Mnemonic Mirror is an exhibition that showcases the work of an intergenerational group of Australian artists whose practices each engage with making as a form of scholarship.  These artists have developed a singular practice by their individualistic approaches to the aesthetic and narrative possibilities of anachronistic or overlooked modes of visual practice. This panel talk, featuring artists, curators and researchers, will contend with what the creation, erosion and recalibration of memory means for artistic practice today, and conversely, the usefulness of art practice as a rehabilitative methodology with positive implications for traumatic memory and amnesia.