an archive of beautiful memories was an interactive audio installation exhibited in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, NS from August 2014-2016.
The project developed in response to memoirs written by my students in the Introduction to Visual Culture course at NSCAD University in 2011. Students were invited to write a memoir on their experiences of beauty following a series of lectures on Elaine Scarry’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values, On Beauty and Being Just (1998). Twenty-two memoirs were recorded and stationed throughout the park, accessible through QR codes. As part of the project, I invited jeweller and designer Rebecca Hannon to create a series of porcelain forms in response to the memoirs. These beautiful sculptures were on display throughout the park for the duration of the installation.
While you can no longer discover these memories in the park, they are still available on soundcloud at an archive of beautiful memories.
A huge thanks to the students who participated and to the City of Halifax for supporting its development and realization. An Archive of Beautiful Memories was generously funded through the HRM Open Projects Program.