Featuring I AM in Public Realms
Experiencing people´s most private remembrances in public spaces.
♦ A cab ride crossing the bridge
“It reminds me of the first time I came to the city”
♦ Late dinner by the pond
“With the swans. I remember fondly”
♦ Listening to a summer saxophone song by the window
“From our upstairs neighbour rehearsal at the apartment in downtown”
♦ At the end of that trip Upstate
“We postponed it for so long ”
Introducing a way to experience space through memories, old and anew fragments of life as a remedy for oblivion.
I AM stands for I (Involuntary) A (Autobiographic) M (Memory). Even though not all autobiographic memories are involuntary, during the process of abstraction, we will pay attention to them as they appear like thresholds to unleash unknown scenarios.
♦ Bench by Broadway
“I’m eating soup in the benches in the middle of the road. My soup is too hot!. I miss it up here.
I’m letting the wind blow on it.
This bench is one of my favorite places in this part of the city. On Broadway up by Columbia the street is very wide and there are trees in the middle. And there are benches at the end of each little garden.
It always seemed weird to me, why would anybody want to Just sit in the middle of the road. But Phoebe and I came here all the time . We would get a pizza and just go to the median. There was always a place to sit and nobody would bother us but there are lots of cars and people passing endlessly.
I just saw my old advisor crossing the street!
It’s all the way up Broadway. Starting at 103 to about 120.
We loved the bench.
I don’t know why.
Maybe it was because it let us look at the world as it rushed around us.”
 A monument by definition is a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a notable person or event. “Commemoration entails not only building, naming, or shaping physical sites. Commemoration as a practice also involves ritual acts in and occupations of public space as well as other kinds of performance and consumption that may leave no lasting trace on the landscape. Dictionary definitions tell us that to commemorate is to “call to remembrance,” to mark an event or a person or a group by a ceremony or an observance or a monument of some kind. Commemorations might be ephemeral or permanent; the key point is that they prod collective memory in some conspicuous way.” Kirk Savage, University of Pittsburgh
Our Citizen Memorials´ foundations lay in the present, take measures from the past and reconstruct them into tailored scenes within the city. Memories are the maps to build our own private commemoration spaces.
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