Room: Memory and Identity

  • Imogen Racz (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


This talk will build on Dr Racz’s research from her recent book Art and the Home: Comfort, Alienation and the Everyday, and consider the links between interiority and exteriority and how this is revealed in art. Living rooms dwell within our consciousness, as well as being physical enclosures that contain things that are precious and that present a narrative of our selves to the wider world. They are sites of ritual, memory, relationships and identity building. The talk will consider the translation of these ideas from home to gallery space. Included will be an exploration of some phenomenological ideas of Edmund Husserl, Gaston Bachelard and Maurice Merleau-Ponty about how we dwell, and a consideration of works by Michael Landy, Helen Chadwick, Cornelia Parker, John Smith, Donald Rodney, Mary McLean and Rachel Whiteread.
Period29 Feb 2016
Held atRoyal College of Art, United Kingdom


  • home
  • interiority
  • memory
  • identity
  • art
  • display