We share a memory and I will keep it alive
In 1975 New-York artist Joe Brainard wrote “I Remember”, a book collecting his personal memories as they rose to the surface of his consciousness, each beginning with the refrain “I remember”.
Upon hearing of this book’s existence, French author Georges Perec decided to make a collective memory equivalent. His book “I remember” published that same year required to remember something that other people would remember too; and that the object of the memory had to have ceased to exist.
A community is built around memories. Let us empower our shared memories:
1. Observe a group of people, and embrace them as your group. Make yourself part of that group.
2. Write a memory that is shared by all of you and bears the following qualifications :
something you consider good, something you believe others consider good, and something you believe could live on in the future.
I remember the first time I went outside the city and saw the star-lit skies.
I remember the first time someone shared their snacks with me.
I remember the impact the voyage of Greta Thunberg had on me.
3. Change groups, or observe random members of an existing group and form new subgroups. Write more sentences.
4. Out of the sentences you came up with, pick out the memories that will persist longer than the others.
5. Out of those sentences, find the one that is most important to you, and promise yourself you’ll act to keep this collective memory alive. Write it down, prefaced with the words “We share a memory and I will keep it alive: ”