Amnesia Forum

18 September / 1.30pm - 4.30pm / The Box / FREE (booking required)


Join us for a discussion on the work, artefacts and ideas featured in Shona Illingworth's Lesions in the Landscape exhibition with a panel of artists, academics and scientists who are investigating amnesia and loss from across a range of disciplines. This event is curated by Jill Bennett and Shona Illingworth and organised as part of Lesions in the Landscape.


The panellists are:


Shona Illingworth is an artist who works across sound, film, video, photography and drawing. She has worked closely with scientists to explore individual and collective memory and the mapping of mental space onto external terrain. She is currently developing a large-scale project with neuropsychologist’s Martin A. Conway and Catherine Loveday, which explores how individual and cultural amnesia shape evolving social, cultural and historical landscapes. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, the Wellcome Collection, London, the National Museum, Tirana, and Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Toronto, Whitechapel Gallery, London, the Modern Art Oxford, and Museum of Fine Art in Lausanne. Shona Illingworth's new exhibition Lesions in the Landscape is showing at FACT from 18 September.


Catherine Loveday is a graduate of the University of Westminster (formerly PCL). She began her career with a PhD in the neuropsychology of memory and ageing, supervised by Alan Parkin (University of Sussex) and Brenda Walter (University of Westminster) and continues to focus on the nature of normal and impaired memory, in particular autobiographical memory. Her particular area of expertise lies in cognitive assessment (especially memory and executive function) and the use of cognitive profiling for the diagnosis and clinical management of hydrocephalus, Anorexia Nervosa, traumatic brain injury and dementia.

Since 2012, Martin Conway has been the Head of Psychology at City University London. He has researched human memory for over 32 years and has published numerous papers, books and other articles, as well as making media contributions to television, radio and newspapers, and giving many public addresses. Within the memory research community he is most well known for his work on autobiographical memory and memory for the experiences and knowledge of our lives. He takes the public communication of science very seriously and in recent years has given expert advice in the courts, to law societies, to insurance companies and to medical practitioners.


Jill Bennett is Professor and Director of the National
 Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Australia. She is a writer and curator, whose books include Empathic Vision (2005), Practical Aesthetics (2012) and Curating Sydney (2014). Her curatorial and multimedia projects include Curating Cities (2011-15) as well as a number of exhibitions on Memory and Trauma, such as Prepossession (Sydney and Belfast, 2005) and Amnesia Lab (Sydney, 2014). She is a writer on the Lesions in the Landscape project, and leads the related Amnesia Project in Australia. For this she has developed Amnesia Atlas (with Volker Kuchelmeister), an immersive, 3D SenseCam browser (Sydney; Hong Kong, 2014) and is now working on Mnemoscape, an immersive visualisation of episodic memory.


Giovanna Colombetii is an associate professor in the department of sociology, philosophy, and anthropology. Her main research interests and work concern affective phenomena. Her most recent area of research is in the notion of the extended mind – the idea that cognition and mental processes cannot be solely explained nor understood through the brain, but also the body and even the environment. Her research draws upon areas as diverse phenomenology, analytic philosophy, as well as theoretical and experimental work in psychology and neuroscience.


Issie MacPhail is a cultural geographer and community worker. She is Research Fellow at the UHI Centre for Rural Health, working on the Representing Communities project, lectures at UHI Centre for History and is an Honorary Research Fellow at The School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow. Her recent interests include crofting, the role of culture in development, community land ownership, the production of historical knowledge and contemporary and historical representations of the Highlands and Highlanders.


Lisa Blackman works at the intersection of body studies and media and cultural theory and is particularly interested in subjectivity, affect, the body and embodiment. She has published four books in this area. The most recent is Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation (2012, Sage). She has also made a substantive contribution to the fields of critical psychology and body studies. Her other books include Hearing Voices: Embodiment and Experience (2001, Free Association Books); Mass Hysteria: Critical Psychology and Media Studies (with Valerie Walkerdine; 2001, Palgrave); and The Body: The Key Concepts (2008, Berg). She is currently working on a book length project, Haunted Data: Social Media, Weird Science and Archives of the Future


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The Amnesia Forums are a series of interdisciplinary think tanks for artists, scientists, geographers, historians, writers and researchers to explore key directions, debates and current scientific insight in memory and amnesia studies.


This event is organised as part of Lesions in the Landscape, a collaboration between artist Shona Illingworth, scientists Martin A. Conway and Catherine Loveday, and Claire Robertson. The project is produced by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool and is supported by a Large Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust.

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