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ERIC Number: EJ963602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Of Lofts, Evidence and Mobile Times: The School Play as a Site of Memory
Mackey, Sally
Research in Drama Education, v17 n1 p35-52 2012
How do we remember past arts events? What forms of tangible evidence exist to demonstrate such memories and what meanings can be taken from the archiving of artefacts in contemporary times? The research discussed in this article showed that a school production taking place 20 years ago is remembered as a significant event in the lives of its participants with physical objects associated with the production stored and preserved by most of the original company members. What is the role or function of this memorabilia in their lives? How can the hoarding of such evidence be interpreted? In pursuing these questions, I interrogate emotional responses to objects from the past--by way of a visit to a loft--and ask why "material" artefacts from the past appear to retain such importance, particularly for those acclimatised to a "virtual" age. An interpretation of this evidence-demonstration is offered in the final sections of the article--that we archive and store certain moments of our histories to counterbalance an increased mobility. These collections perhaps represent "sites of memory" in lives characterised by movement. (Contains 2 notes and 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom