de/ACCESSIONING SALTY MEMORIES
de- (prefix) denoting removal or reversal; from Latin de 'off, from'
accessioning (verb) to record the addition of a new item to a library, museum, or other collection; from Latin accessio(n-) 'approach, come to, something added'
salty (adjective) tasting of, containing, or preserved with salt; (of language or humour) down-to-earth, course; tough or aggressive; angry or resentful
memories (noun, plural) the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information; something remembered from the past; the remembering or commemoration of a dead person; the part of a computer in which data or program instructions can be stored for retrieval; from Latin memoria, memor 'mindful'
de/accessioning salty memories is a collaborative project between Jacina Leong and Supamon Rungruangratanakul — informed and arrived at through the workshop provocations of Mary Elizabeth Luka (“M.E.”) and Isabel Beavers, the Skagen sea and Klitgaarden, and the conversations that unfolded and emerged between SummerCulture* participants.
The aim of this experimental project was to complicate approaches to archiving and curating by critically-creatively thinking through the ethics and responsibilities of such processes, purposes, and methods. To do so we invited participants to share a 'salty memory'. This could be any memory and shared in any format (a photo, a drawing, a map, a word, a phrase, a sentence, a sound, a reading, an object, a symbol, a recipe, an instruction, a hashtag, a website ... ). In providing a list of possible definitions above, we also invited participants to interpret, trouble and speculate what a 'salty memory' could and might be.
More information about this project coming soon.
*SummerCulture is an annual immersion program for postgraduate students initiated by the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, and in 2019, was hosted by Aarhus University, Denmark.