Raw emotion: the Living Memory module at three sites of practice

Pocock, Celmara and Stell, Marion and Mate, Geraldine (2018) Raw emotion: the Living Memory module at three sites of practice. In: Emotion, affective practices, and the past in the present. Key Issues in Cultural Heritage. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), Abingdon, Oxon and New York, pp. 281-303. ISBN 978-0-815-37002-4


This chapter investigates the effectiveness of emotion as a framing tool for engaging visitors at heritage sites and museums. Living Memory is a video recording module that invites a visitor to contribute their personal story through a fi xed emotional lens. The selection of an emotive theme for storytelling forces contributors to think about how a story makes them feel, rather than focusing on conventional historical narratives of events and time. This chapter outlines how this module was trialled at three sites of practice. The results suggest that storytelling as affective practice can produce a surprising counter-narrative, even within seemingly safe and conventional topics. Significantly, too, this affective framing of visitor participation promotes meaningful engagement, and facilitates greater inclusiveness of diverse stories in museum and heritage spaces.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 07:37
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 22:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: heritage, emotion, interpretation, museums, living memory, audience participation, recording, stories
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210204 Museum Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9503 Heritage > 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34333

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