From Memories to Monuments: The Artist as Translator

By Inga Burrows and Katja Krebs.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This article focuses specifically on the digital video installation ‘Monument 1 – Well, I never..?’ which explores the inter-relationship between private memory and public space. Offering an emotional archaeology of public space, the aim of the installation is to create a sense of belonging through such sharing of private memory. Sites of private emotional significance are recorded, interpreted and mapped for public presentation. The objectives of the project were to explore the language of the short film, and determine the form’s capacity to translate effectively aural memory while encouraging a shared sense of subjective history and belonging. The article asks how private memory can be manifested by various formats of short films and, in turn, relate to the construction of a collective memory. Developing a critical framework of artist as translator, this article offers an analysis of the creative translational processes involved in such audio visual interpretation of aural stories.

Keywords: Practice as Research

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp.297-306. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.207MB).

Inga Burrows

Senior Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication, Cardiff, UK

Inga Burrows trained as a visual artist at Maidstone College of Art and The Royal College of Art, UK. She worked as an independent film-maker before enrolling at the National Film and Television School, UK. Inga Burrows is now working as a senior lecturer in media production at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK.

Dr. Katja Krebs

Senior Lecturer, Drama:Theatre,Film and TV, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

Dr. Katja Krebs is a lecturer in Performance and Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film and TV, University of Bristol. Her main research interest lies with the history of translation for the stage and she is one of the founding editors the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance.


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