Memorial: the silence of extinction

Glade-Wright, Robyn, and Sorin, Reesa (2015) Memorial: the silence of extinction. The International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts, 10 (4). pp. 13-24.

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Abstract

The value of art, according to the theory of cognitive aesthetics, lies in the way that art can enlarge our understanding and knowledge of life. Memorial: The Silence of Extinction is a community art project designed to heighten awareness of the annual loss of plant and animal species due to extinction. People from around the globe were invited to commemorate the loss of a species by creating an image that was placed in a pocket in a panel in the Memorial work of art. As images were added, Memorial grew until it spanned over fifty metres, revealing thousands of images. Memorial was exhibited at venues in Australia and globally. During one of these exhibitions, participants were asked to complete a survey about their understandings of extinction before, during and after creating their image. Findings from their surveys showed that involvement in this community art project was engaging and thought provoking. Further, participants seemed to gain an enhanced understanding of the scale and currency of extinction.

Item ID: 40007
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2326-9960
Keywords: community arts, extinction, empathy through participation
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Also titled: Making audible the silence of extinction: the memorial arts project

Author Reesa Sorin has arranged with Common Ground for the accepted versions of 15 of her articles to be available under open access for a once off fee. Email saved to Supp Docs folder.

Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 02:41
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 50%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
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