The Watch Man
Tuesday 16 December 2008 - Sunday 11 January 2009
Shona Illingworth's immersive sound and video installation
explores the conflict between trauma memory and the need for a
coherent 'life story' through the experience of an 80-year-old
watchmaker, who as a 19-year-old experienced one of the most deeply
affecting and shocking events of World War II.
The work has been made in collaboration with University of Leeds
neuropsychologist Professor Martin A Conway. Professor Conway is an
internationally recognised expert on trauma memory, confabulation
and the role of memory in the formation of a sense of self.
He spoke at Wellcome Collection's 'Remembering War' symposium
on 31 January 2009, when he and his colleague Dr Catriona
Morrisson reported back on the memories of war that were
collected from people online in order to understand more about how
society remembers conflict. You can
read the submitted memories of war and see the slideshow
from the presentation.
Shona Illingworth is known for her powerful
and evocative video and sound installations, which explore the
experience of memory and the formation of identity in situations of
social tension. She has shown her work extensively in Europe,
Canada and the UK. She has received a number of high-profile awards
including commissions for Channel 4 television, the Hayward
Gallery, London and the Wellcome Trust. She lives and works in
Professor Martin Conway is a neuropsychologist and one of the
foremost international experts in the field of autobiographical
memory. His work explores the centrality of memory to our sense of
self. He currently holds a prestigious Economic and Social Research
Council Professorial Fellowship at the University of Leeds, where
he has established the new Memory Research Group. He has written
extensively on autobiographical memory.