The Space of Memory

Monica Liu

Imagine you are a detective and step in a room of someone's MEMORY. Time has been murdered here. 

This installation is a part of Inside Voices: An Oral History Exhibition, showcasing multimedia projects and stories recorded by the 2016 cohort of Columbia University’s Oral History MA program. This event will take place at The Social Hall at Union Theological Seminary on April 27, 2017, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

You have entered J's memory. What you can see was real in the past, but has been recreated. The sofa is a story, tangible, and real in front of you because it has been conjured through narrative. What really happened in the past? I invite you to listen to the story—to really feel what has been left in the memory.

OHMA student Monica Liu is an intern with the Queer Newark Oral History Project. The project tells stories of the LGBTQ community through oral history interviews. She focuses on how a community is built up by interviews and how a story is constructed by narrative. She graduated from China University of Geosciences, Beijing, China with a master's degree of English Literature and worked as an interviewer and writer in Protection of Historical and Culture Towns in Shannan, Tibet from 2011-2015.