︎︎ Objects, Materials and Spaces, Memory Bank 2021

Objects, Materials and Spaces will examine the potential for objects, materials and spaces to act as vessels, indexes, monuments or maps, with regards to memory. We encourage the submission of papers or practices that explore the capacity for material culture to embody or exude the past, however it may exist and persist.

Judith Martinez Estrada, Ramon, 2019

Objects, Materials and Spaces Convenors

  • Belinda Scerri
  • Elyssia Bugg

Objects, Materials and Spaces Contributors

  • Belinda Scerri
  • Elyssia Bugg
  • Judith Martinez Estrada
  • Dr Kathleen McCaan
  • Melody Woodnut
  • Penelope Hunt
  • Tess Mehonoshen
  • Claire Lambe
  • David A Calf

Exhibition, Panel 

Virtual Exhibition:

Thursday 2 September 1-5pm Friday 3 September 11.30-5pm
Curated by Belinda Scerri and Elyssia Bugg

Objects Materials and Spaces

Friday 3 September, 11.30am-1.00pm
Chaired by Elyssia Bugg


Sarah Sze:
How We Experience Time and Memory Through Art

Artist Sarah Sze takes us on a kaleidoscopic journey through her work: immersive installations as tall as buildings, splashed across walls, orbiting through galleries—blurring the lines between time, memory and space. Explore how we give meaning to objects in this beautiful tour of Sze's experiential, multimedia art. 


  • The Strange Lives of Objects in the Coronavirus Era , Sophie Haigney (2020), The New York Times >>> nytimes.com
  • The Art Object as a Memory Trigger, Kate McMillan (2019) >>> link.springer.com ︎︎︎DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Not Because my Heart is Gone; Simply the Other Side: Francesca Woodman’s Relational and Ephemeral Subjectivity at the Limit of the Image, Anne Backman Rodgers, in Female Agency and Documentary Strategies, Edinburgh UP, 2018, pp. 100-113. ︎︎︎DOWNLOAD PDF

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