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Interior Provocations 2021: MEMORY

February 27, 2021 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM

The fourth annual Interior Provocations symposium, Memory, held via Zoom Webinar on February 27, 2021 and co-hosted by Ryerson University and Pratt Institute, includes  papers addressing the broad cultural, historical, and theoretical implications of memory with regard to the practice and scholarship of interior design. Memories, both individual and collective, conspire to give the interior its central place in our collective and individual experiences. Interior memories can be somatic, semantic, and can be measured; they are spun from scents, sounds, textures, traces, and visual cues as well as from more structured, text-based knowledge. As such, interiors offer a unique entry point in grappling with, as well as challenging, questions of memory precisely because both memory and interiors exceed that which can be named and, instead, move towards that which can only be experienced. Scholars and designers both have attempted to capture the ways in which memories mutually activate and constitute interior spaces, which function as infinitely transformable, time traveling vessels of memory and experience.

Keynote Speaker:
Virginia San Fratello, Chair of the Department of Design in the College of Humanities & Arts, San Jose State University | Rael San Fratello, Partner | Emerging Objects, Partner

Lois Weinthal, Ryerson University
Karyn Zieve, Pratt Institute


10:30 AM
Lois Weinthal
Deborah Schneiderman

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Moderated by Lois Weinthal

“Theaters of Memory”
Patrizio Martinelli, Miami University

“‘And my step is familiar here’: Memory and History in the Maison pompéienne”
Keith Bresnahan, OCAD University

“Memory Launderette”
Patrick Macklin and Thomai Pnevmonidou, The Glasgow School of Art

“Curating Solitude: The Intimate Interiors of Small House Museums”
Ryan Roark, Georgia Tech School of Architecture


2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Moderated by Karyn Zieve

Carmen Gasser and Remo Derungs, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

“Mind-Body Space: Inside the Dressing Room”
Louisa Iarocci, University of Washington, Seattle

“Conditioned for Living: Provocations for an Idiosyncratic Interior”
Elizabeth Galvez, Rice University

“Reifying the Past: The ‘House of Memory’ by Alison Sky / SITE”
Timothy Rohan, University of Massachusetts Amherst

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

“On Cloud-ing”
Maya Alam, University of Pennsylvania

“Coevolutional Archetypes, Collapsed Landscapes, and Recurring Recollections”
Naomi Frangos, Cornell University

“Chicago Pattern Project”
Rene King and Petra Probstner, Columbia College

“Crafting memoria through waste: hair and rubble as (creative) heritage”
Antonin Mongin and Anna Saint Pierre, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs

“Transforming Collective Memory Through Immediate Experience in Selma, Alabama”
Kevin Moore, Auburn University

“Storied Spaces”
Alex Augusto Suarez, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy

“Mnemonist: Human, Machine and Material Behavior”
Shai Yeshayahu, Ryerson University

4:30 PM

“Play, Clay and Chardonnay”
Virginia San Fratello, Chair of the Department of Design in the College of Humanities & Arts, San Jose State University | Rael San Fratello, Partner | Emerging Objects, Partner

5:30 PM

Additional information will be announced as soon as it becomes available.
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Host Committee:
Lois Weinthal
Linda Zhang (Ryerson University, School of Interior Design, FCAD)
Deborah Schneiderman (Pratt Institute, Department of Interior Design, School of Design)
Anca I. Lasc
Karyn Zieve (Pratt Institute, Department of the History of Art and Design, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)