Recall explores the ways in which memory is embedded in objects and places that once inhabited our lives. By reexamining old possessions and revisiting familiar places, we revive the past, but also must contend with the way in which memory transforms and alters reality. As a community deeply invested in the production of ideas, objects, and places alike, Pratt Institute is a compelling site for exploring this complex dynamic. Recall is a participatory public art project that takes the ideas and objects contributed by the Pratt community and transforms them into a means of mapping the physical and intangible memories that make this place unique.
There are many ways to participate in Recall. Using this website, individuals are invited to share personal memories and objects from their time at Pratt. These everyday objects will be repurposed as part of a larger art installation at Pratt’s Library. These personal artifacts (ex. a sketchbook, tape cassette, student photographs or architectural tools) will represent the individuals who owned them, as well as convey a larger narrative about Pratt when collected together. By returning objects and memories to their place of origin, this interactive installation seeks to reveal Pratt Institute’s dense creative geography.
Commissioned by Pratt Institute, Recall will launch as part of the school’s 125th anniversary celebration on the first weekend of October 2011 and culminate with an exhibition in Fall 2012. The site-specific project solicits personal memories and objects from the Pratt community to create a participatory, public art installation on the Brooklyn campus.
Artist Jean Shin is a faculty member and alumna of Pratt Institute and is nationally recognized for her monumental art installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community.
To learn more about Pratt’s 125th anniversary celebration: www.pratt.edu/125