The Matter of Memory

The Matter of Memory is an ongoing work that investigates the relationship between memory and place. This smart-phone application can make an audio recording tied to a specific location. When the user is about to record, they are presented with the question, “Why is this place important to you?” Once the recording is uploaded, users must be within 100 feet of the place where it was recorded to be able to listen to it.

If you wish to contribute, you can download the iPhone / iPad App here.


By requiring listeners to be within a certain radius of the origin of the recording, the art work imposes questions of how memories are created and affected by time and space. The complexity among the liminal spaces of the everyday, the spaces we inhabit, and the histories that exist within these spaces can be examined through the audio recordings made by the public. The smart-phone is a unique tool that expands this art work beyond the limiting space of an installation.