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dc.contributor.advisorDouglas, Carl
dc.contributor.advisorPatel, Rafik
dc.contributor.authorBentley, Chris
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-26T01:07:54Z
dc.date.available2021-10-26T01:07:54Z
dc.date.copyright2021
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/14597
dc.description.abstractThis practice-led research thesis inquires into the memorial pool, and posits these strange and disjunctive spaces as counter-memorials, mediums for alternative methods of remembrance. The work unfolds over two stages: fieldwork, and intervention. The fieldwork section details expeditions to three memorial pools found across the North Island. Methods of site-specific inhabitation and witnessing identify, and accrete the phenomenal language of these memorials. This involves particular observation of moments of presence and absence. Transient and mundane images are critically viewed as markers of the aforementioned counter-memorial, and as evidence of the changing roles and temporalities of the designated sites. The intervention leverages this affectual language to propose a speculative reframing of the Waitara Swimming Pool as a memorial pool. The work comprises a series of mnemonic provocations detailing loss, vacancy, and the crossing of ritual thresholds. These present conversational and dialogical encounters. The images of these surfaces and spaces are derived from inhabitation, and activity, contrary to archetypal western monument. They are lived memorials. Conscious and subconscious movements position the viewer as an active participant rather than a distanced observer. The work imagines to localize these memorial narratives to the individual through this immersion into a memorial landscape, presenting opportunities to attenuate and inhabit memory.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectMemorialsen_NZ
dc.subjectCounter-memorialen_NZ
dc.subjectSpatial Designen_NZ
dc.subjectMemoryen_NZ
dc.subjectLandscapeen_NZ
dc.subjectWitnessen_NZ
dc.titleVacancies and Attenuated Presences: A Counter-Memorial Swimming Pool for Waitaraen_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Designen_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2021-10-25T08:16:57Z


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