Keep Forget

Duration: September 2013 – August 2015

Project Description:

Jane Bernstein - Keep Delete

The project Keep Forget. A research on transforming location-based memories, stories and messages into personal and public artifacts is an artistic research project that focuses on transforming location-based memories, stories and messages into tangible objects (i.e. artifacts), both in a personal as well as in a public context. Within this research, the neighborhood Winterslag of the city of Genk will function as a case study. In this case study, the residents of the neighborhood will be involved in a participatory way. They will participate in the project by sharing their reflections on and their stories and (individual) memories about their city experience and the changes and challenges it has faced over time.

In a first phase, ‘KeepForget’ explores which methods can be used to capture these memories and stories. To research this, ‘KeepForget’ aims to develop a participatory design method. The next phase researches how these memories and stories in a typographical and/or visual way can be turned into keepsakes or souvenirs (i.e. artifacts) that can be shared in public and private space (for instance, in the form of an exhibition or interventions in public space). Specifically, the focus will be on how these artifacts can generate new location-based references or stories.

Team members from CUO | Social Spaces:

Andrea Wilkinson, Laura Braspenning, Niels Hendriks

Also involved in the project are:

Stad Genk
Erfgoedcel Mijn-Erfgoed




Wilkinson, A. (2012). Keep delete: turning messages into keepsakes. [Book] Hasselt, Belgium: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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