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Mission: Misplaced Memory—First premiered at Tate Britain
October 20, 2015 @ 11:30 – 13:00
What memories do you want to keep, and which would you delete? On October 20, Medea invites you to play your memories by fuelling the Sugar Ship – an installation that is part of the Afro-futurist project Mission: Misplaced Memory.
Coordinates: 55.6078° N, 12.9964° E
The installation is open between 11:30 and 13:00 and will be followed by a Medea Talk starting at 16:00 (it is not necessary to take part of the installation in order to enjoy the Talk). For an idea of what the installation is about, have a look at the video embedded below (or here on Vimeo), taken from a performance at Tate Britain in February, 2015.
Mission to the Land of Misplaced Memories
On the ground floor of Niagara, curator GAYLENE GOULD and artist GARY STEWART will run a mini laboratory where you will be able to deposit your own memories and play the Sugar Ship. The purpose is to explore the way personal and collective memories shape each other, but also to explore the gaps between official and unofficial histories.
“The Data Thieves are landing. You are invited to leave a memory and help fuel the Sugar Ship, their sonic space vehicle, on its journey across time and space.”
—Mission // Misplaced Memory
The mission will be led by Gould and Stewart, British artists of the African diaspora. “Mission: Misplaced Memory” merges concepts of Afro-futurism, oral history collection, and live art to create a provocative, diverse, nomadic and – ultimately – civic dialogic space.
Performing memory’s cultural ambiguity
Using visual installation, sound, research, conversation, interview and performance,”Mission: Misplaced Memory” explores alternative ways to perform and archive memory’s cultural ambiguity. A series of online spaces will, in time, constitute an open digital archive. In its maiden year, the mission has touched down at Tate Britain Radio City, Tate Modern Turbine Festival, Vivid Projects Heritage Week, Selfridges Loud and Live and the B! Biennale curated by Moderna Museet, Malmö.
Mission: Misplaced Memory and the Medea Talk is done in collaboration with the Living Archives research project.