Introducing my latest ceramic pieces – Transient Memories. Each of these earthenware and paper pieces is c70cm high and represent the transience of memory. They will be in show Kinsgate Open Studios on 24 & 25 June.
Memories of the Future: On Countervision edited by Stephen Wilson and Deborah Jaffé has been published in the Cultural Memories Series by Peter Lang. ISBN: 9781787075757. £45, $67.95
What is a memory of the future? Is it a myth, a fiction of a severed arm, a post-human debate or a broken time machine? In an increasingly insecure future-world there is an urgency to consider and debate these questions. The authors of the chapters in this book address these concerns by speculating on the connections between memory and futurity in fields such as counter-histories, women’s studies, science fiction, art and design, technology, philosophy and politics. They link the re-imaginings of memory into the present with topics like the fever dream allegory of the adolescent social experience, soft technologies of future dress, reinventions of monetary exchange, rekindled subjectivities of school days, and technics and human progression.
The fascinating and entrepreneurial Frank Hornby was the inventor of Meccano, The Hornby Railway and Dinky Cars – one of the great toy designers. Importantly, he believed that all children should play with, and so understand, mechanics; which is still relevant as we search for more engineers. More in Deborah’s book The History of Toys.
Deborah Jaffé is an author; cultural and design historian; ceramicist and painter with special interests in the history of souvenirs and memory studies; women and innovation; childhood, play and toys.