– Connected Memories (2009), María Mencía –
This piece is an exploration of oral histories and the use of technology as a participatory and inviting medium to perform and share stories.It is an interactive piece, which consists of a series of extracts from interviews of refugees living in London and the connection between them. They are compiled in a database and linked by common key words. To represent the fractured realities and the formations of connected memories, the viewers need to interact with the piece by clicking on the coloured activated ‘common keywords’ in order to generate extracts of narrations from the different participating refugees.
About the Author:
Mencía is a media artist, practice-based researcher and teaches at Kingston University, UK. She is an executive member of the Electronic Literature Organization Board of Directors. With backgrounds in English Philology, Fine Art and Design, her doctoral research in Digital Poetics and Digital Art (2000-2003) was one of the first in the field of Electronic Poetry. Her research is at the intersection of language, art and digital technologies. It explores multimodal digital textualities, interactive narratives, poetics of engagement, digital literacies and data visualisation poetics. It is trans-disciplinary, bringing together different cultural, artistic and literary traditions such as: linguistics, translation, fine art, visual, concrete and sound poetry, with digital poetics, digital writing, and new media art theories and practices. Her research is exhibited and presented widely. Her forthcoming publications include Gateway to the World: Data Visualisation Poetics (Sept 2016) in GRAMMA: Journal of Theory and Criticism Digital Literary Production and the Humanities. And she is editing a collection of 27 essays by women working in Electronic Literature #WomenTechLit published by West Virginia University Press. Grants awarded to conduct research at international institutions include: AHRC-RMIT Melbourne, Australia; Kingston Promising Researcher Fellowship-New York University; Honorary Fellow, TIES Grant -Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition, The University of Sydney, Australia.