In Living Memory

“The In Living Memory (ILM) 01 project was started in 2014 by Lieux Fictifs, with the support of the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. It gathers 4 non-formal artistic education operators (Lieux Fictifs, France, transFORMAS, Spain; cooperativa sociale e.s.t.i.a, Italy; PhotoART Centrum, Slovakia), a University (Westerdals, Norway), other associated universities (Aix-Marseille University and the International University of Languages and Media of Milan) and 3 archives holder structures (INA, France; Fondazione Cineteca Italiana, Italy; IMMR-CIMIR, Catalonia). This project is the extension of exchanges developed for several years between the various partners.

It aims to establish an innovative and creative learning process, based on the creation of collaborative artworks made with inmates and free learners (teenagers, seniors citizens and students), using archive footage from different countries, and different sources (televisual, film and amateur archives) that could privilege the development of an intercultural dialogue between these participants. This project explores the possibilities of individual and collective appropriations of archive images through their transformation. It also aims, from the experimentation of different methodologies during workshops between artists and participants, to create methodological tools to allow their future dissemination. Researchers are associated to this process, to bring theoretical and practical views closer within these tools.

On a local level, several artistic processes have been developed in partner countries with inmates, free teenagers, seniors, adults and/or students, around the creation of multidisciplinary artworks using archive images. Some common work sessions between inmates and free learners took place inside the prisons. European workshops involving artists, archivists and trainers took place to experiment learning methodologies around archives with different European participants, and to exchange practices with their counterparts.”

 -Sophie Dominique