Ph.d-prosjekt: The Participatory Monument –Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere (2014-2019)
This artistic research project deals with what I call the “participatory monument,” the intention of which is to bring members of the public into the artwork, to openly share related experiences with them, thus providing evidence of the existence and potential transformative power of collective memory. The Participatory Monument –Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere is a practice-based research project and consists of two artworks: Folkets Hus (2015) and Kammer (2017). This reflection investigates collective memory and remembrance through artistic research and practice in the public sphere, that is, in public space and the public imaginary, by means of the artworks Folkets Hus and Kammer. In addition, this research examines how remembrance and memory are transformed into works of art. The Participatory Monument seeks to expand the understanding of memory by exploring it as an embodiment of sensorial practice and as an extended social vocabulary. Memory resides in our everyday rituals and social relationships as well as in memorials and traditions of remembrance. Accordingly, in my art practice I look at the politics of remembering and forgetting by focusing on our personal experiences as witnesses in the public sphere. Undertaking research through the examination of historical material and the conducting of interviews, I translate these lived experiences into an archive of methodology and a vocabulary of remembrance and forgetting. I contend that the more we delve into the field of collective remembering, the more we glean an understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. Therefore, research into how we choose to remember and what we choose to forget can play an integral part in art, though it requires that informed ethical practices be put in place. Moreover, to an artist working in the public sphere, this offers the opportunity to further probe the role of the artist in the social realm.

Recent Submissions

  • Merete Røstad, Chamber 

    Røstad, Merete (Artistic production; Others, 2017)
    Kammer was a site-specific sound sculpture and a temporary monument to the hidden life stories of women who are never memorialised in public space. It consisted of four directional speakers, two looped soundtracks, and a ...
  • Mary Jane Jacob og Merete Røstad: Kammer 

    Røstad, Merete; Jacob, Mary Jane (Video, 2017)
    Kunstner og stipendiat ved Kunst og håndverk Merete Røstad, som har laget lydskulpturen Kammer utenfor Munchmuseet, og kurator Mary Jane Jacob, kjent for sine stedsspesifikke prosjekter forankret i ulike samfunnsgrupper, ...
  • The Participatory Monument — Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere 

    Røstad, Merete (Artistic production, 2019)
    Photo documentation from Merete Røstad's Ph.d-project The Participatory Monument — Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere. Image credits: Steffen Kørner, Steffen Aaland, Alette Schei Rørvik, Katrine ...
  • Kammer 

    Røstad, Merete (Artistic production; Recording, oral, 2017)
    På en spesialbygd transportsykkel har kunstner og stipendiat Merete Røstad reist rundt i hovedstaden og samlet inn historier fra Oslos østkant. Etter samtaler med lokalbefolkningen, historielag og studier av protokoller ...
  • The Participatory Monument - Remembrance and Forgetting as Art Practice in Public Sphere 

    Røstad, Merete (Doctoral thesis, 2018)
    This artistic research reflection deals with what I call the “participatory monument”, the intention of which is to bring members of the public into the artwork and to openly share related experiences with them, thus ...
  • Folkets Hus | People’s Palace 

    Røstad, Merete (Artistic production, 2016-05-11)
    I Lillestrøm finner vi Folkets Hus fra 1915, som i 2015, 100 år etter sin åpning, skal rives for å gi plass til et nytt kvartal. Opp gjennom historien har huset vært sentrum for en rekke viktige hendelser i folks liv, ...