SAVE AS [MINE]
SAVE AS [MINE] is an installation created for The Machine during Manifesta 9. Spread over the tiled flooring of a decommissioned coal mine of Winterslag, Belgium, SAVE AS [MINE] connected the story of the local mine to a wider cultural phenomenon. Over the duration of the exhibition, designers were invited to contemplate the void created by vanished industry in their own place. Each personal ‘figure of memory’ was made made into a physical tile, and 'fuzzy knowledge' (thoughts, stories and associations" were embedded in a digital mosaic.Since objects have always been used as tools to direct the narratives of our social recollection, questions of power and control are essential: who chooses what to remember and what to forget? SAVE AS [MINE] examined the current social and production technologies are enabling history to become more open and heterogeneous. It questioned the object’s potential to fix representations of memory, while reflecting on the dynamic nature of human remembrance.
This project was initiated by Maya Ben David, Roi Kremer, and Jon Stam, with contributions by: Jan Bastiaens (BE), Ward Bergen (BE), Wim Buts (BE), Willem Kissembeek (BE), Sabine Marcelis (NL/NZ), Jan Marechal (BE), Isabel Valdés Marín (SP), Nir Meiri (IL), Maurizio Montalti (IT), Kim Nivelle (BE), Josè de la O (MX), Lina Patsiou (GR), Patrick Reuvis (BE), Omri Revesz (IL/IT), Galit Shvo (IL), and Talia Winokur (IL).