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A Mnemonic Device for Belfast


A Mnemonic Device for Belfast

What is a Mnemonic Device?

It is a technique that a person can use to help them improve their ability to remember something. It is a memory technique to help your brain better recall important information; a simple shortcut that helps us associate the information we want to remember with an image, an artefact, a sentence, or a word. It is a mechanism for retrieving personally relevant memories, unlike memorials, which are typically fraught with the association of war, heroism and patriotism; or historical markers that are designed to reinforce 'authorised' narratives, a particular version of history.

The Workshop

Participate in creating new parameters & generating fresh ideas for a Mnemonic Device for the City of Belfast. Develop meaningful concepts for public artworks & urban interventions for everyone, that prompt passerby to share personal recollections & idiosyncratic stories of everyday lives lived against the backdrop of Belfast's most challenging moment.

Who Should Participate

Artists, designers, architects, historians, storytellers, writers, journalists & non-artistic collaborators welcome.

Course Schedule

Saturday 2nd March

- 9:30am: Meet to embark on walking tour of Belfast, following a route that traces the old security cordon around the city center circa 1972. Meeting place: Caffe Nero 91-93 Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1FE
- 11:00am: Walk concludes at Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FF. Introductory sessions
- 1:00pm: Lunch (brown bag lunch: coffee, tea, biscuits and water will be provided)
- 2:00pm: Define parameters for the Mnemonic Device *Charrette.
- 5:00pm: Conclude for the day

A Design Charrette involves an intensive period of improvisation and bricolage leading to the visualisation of a concept, in this case a proposal for an Mnemonic Device; an urban art and/or design intervention(s) in the City of Belfast. The term is borrowed from an approach used in the training of architects at the École des Beaux-Arts in the latter part of the 19th Century.

Sunday 3rd March

- 10:00am: Meet at Belfast Exposed undertake the Charrette; generating and visualizing concepts (individually and/or collaboratively).
- 4:00pm: Pin up and discuss outcomes amongst the participants (visitors are welcome)
- 5:00pm: Conclude for the day

For more information contact Conor at dHJhaW5pbmcgfCBiZWxmYXN0ZXhwb3NlZCAhIG9yZw==

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