- An exploration of how music triggers memories.
By Helena Collins
3D Installation/Print/Sound/Audience Participation
With this piece I have tried to communicate how pieces of music can trigger our memories, by creating a space where I am displaying music which triggers my own memories. I chose make an installation where the viewer could be part of the work because I wanted to create a physical experience for my audience, so that when they next hear the song they listened to in my space, they will have a memory anchored of their experience. My main inspiration for my final piece came from Fiona Banner’s piece “Colour Blind” and how it was exhibited and David Carson’s low tech printing style which felt really personal. I also read Daniel Levitin’s book “This is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession”, where he looks at the connection we have with music, giving me a much better understanding of the subject I was exploring. My piece is very personal, by hand printing every letter it was like I was imprinting the memory behind that lyric physically onto the piece; it’s almost a portrait of myself with words.
“But as soon as we hear a song that we haven’t heard since a particular time in our lives, the floodgates of memory open and we’re immersed in memories. The song has acted as a unique cue, a key unlocking all the experiences associated with the memory for the song, its time and place.” – Daniel Levitin