1 March 2013
A fascinating web-site and exhibition
Concentrating on the processes and spatialisation of memory, Hallam and Hockey note that memento mori highlight a complex spatio-temporal dynamic:
Just as the spatialising of memory and death allows human mortality to be apprehended and given meaning, so the temporal reach of material spaces transcends the here and now, connecting with future lives and deaths (84)
They refer to Foucault’s concept of heterotopia directly. In their interpretation, heterotopias are spaces that are assigned a multiplicity of meaning: ‘death has the power to create a heterotopia, that is, the layering of meanings at a single material site’ (2001: 84).
Hallam, E. and Hockey, J. (2001) Death, Memory and Material Culture. Oxford and New York: Berg.