Memory, Myth and Place

Sandie Maxa and Mark Sanders

Mark doesn’t tell most people he grew up in Mississippi. Sandie couldn’t be prouder of her Minnesota upbringing. Neither of us deny how important these places are to how we perceive our world. For the residency, we propose creating frameworks and methods for gathering, documenting and presenting memory and myth related to place and time from 3 perspectives: personal memory, the personal present and collective culture.

We propose building tools to document landscapes, conversations, stories, language, patterns, signs, and ephemera that are re-written from memory, captured in real time and collected from culture. We aim to better establish and understand the intangible connections, while reveling in the process. Vinalhaven and its community of designers is the perfect laboratory for us to define, prototype, break, fix, and employ new tools for re-writing.