Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)

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Living Monument

August 14th, 2007

The Living Monument does not commemorate an event that has passed, nor does it exist to represent a trace of a deceased. Its spatial strategy is multi-layering – the interweaving of formal expressions from different social contexts. Providing a territory for multiple histories and memories, a Living Monument acts as a hybrid platform that crosses cultural boundaries. Allowing for an interaction with the past, the Living Monument brings memory to life in the present to enact an ideal future.

Robert Musil marks a beginning of the counter-monuments discourse when he writes that a ‘conspicuous lack of conspicuousness’ negates the memorial function of a monument.1 To make a ‘Monument’ for the ‘Future’ would be a paradox, an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. Our Living Monument is no longer driven by a desire to preserve memories, represent heroic figures of grandiosity, or mark voids left by holocausts.2 While monuments and counter-monuments commemorate one event, the Living Monument is no longer about the spectacle of nostalgia for one time or place – instead, it represents a territory of multiplicity. (more…)

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