︎︎ Science and Technology, Memory Bank

The Science and Technology stream focuses on posthuman conceptualisations of memory. In particular, the workshops and presentations at the conference will explore the use of mnemonic technologies, digital archives and  more than human memory. This stream of Memory 2021 looks to  the convergence between nonhuman and human histories of remembrance, forgetting and erasure that go unrecognised by dominant historical accounts.

Image ^^^ Corinna Berndt, detail from “All My Chameleon Signals”, interactive digital work of 3D-scanned personal items, 2019.

Science and Technology Convenors

  • Jessica Laraine Williams
  • Corinna Berndt

Science and Technology Contributors

  • Bobby Nicholls
  • Max Piantoni
  • Dr Chris Barker
  • Jianni Tien
  • Dr Susanne Pratt
  • Dr Zoë Sadokierski
  • Eloise Florence
  • Jessica Laraine Williams
  • Corinna Berndt
  • Suzanne Fraser
  • Alison Kennedy
  • Natasha Narain

Panels, Talks, Workshops

Let’s Object Salon

Thursday 2 September, 3-5pm

Facilitators: Dr Susanne Pratt (UTS, Transdisciplinary School), Jianni Tien (UTS, School of Communication), Jessica Laraine Williams (VCA, School of Art); Corinna Berndt (VCA, School of Art); Eloise Florence (RMIT, School of Communication); Zoë Sadokierski (UTS, School of Design).

Panel #1:
Digital Memories and Posthuman Encounters

Friday 3 September, 11.30am - 1pm

Chaired by Dr Suzie Fraser

Panel #2:
Song and Cuisine as Mnemonic Technologies
Friday 3 September, 2-3.30pm
Chaired by Dr Danny Butt


Yalinguth Concept Film

Yalinguth is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history of Gertrude St, Fitzroy (Ngár-go) as told by notable Elders and artists. Yalinguth means “yesterday” in the Woi Wurrung language, the new augmented app is designed to connect past accounts from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, to provide today’s generation insight and context of this popular Melbourne meeting place.

>>> yalinguth.com.au


  • This is not a Boundary Object: Reflections on the Origin of a Concept, Susan Leigh Star (2010)  ︎︎︎DOWNLOAD PDF
  • Institutional Ecology, 'Translations' and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907-39Susan Leigh Star and James R. Griesemer (1989) >>> lchc.ucsd.edu
  • The Future is Now: Diegetic Prototypes and the Role of Popular Films in Generating Real-world Technological Development, David Kirby (2009)  >>>  journals.sagepub.com
  • Discourse coalitions for sustainability transformations: common ground and conflict beyond neoliberalism, Chris Riedy (2020) >>> sciencedirect.com

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