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Imogen Stidworthy: The Work


Imogen Stidworthy used a series of cognitive interviews with recent war veterans to develop a new audio work, exploring how experience is recalled and communicated.

The cognitive interview is used in many fields where sensitivity is important, for example when police speak to a witness of a crime. The interview follows a precise but open structure to access different forms of memory, such as episodic, semantic and sensory, and the focus on colour, light and smell can allow the interviewee to reconstruct an event in detail. The choice of veterans as her subject was symbolic. Loughborough University has a history of military connections, from the munitions training centre that was set up during World War One to the recent establishment of the Defence Technology Centre (a collaboration between the university and the MOD).

This work was presented in the Waiting Room of Loughborough Railway Station, which overlooks another old munitions factory, the Brush Factory.

Imogen Stidworthy is interested in language and the voice, which she works with as physical and spatial material. An on-going preoccupation in her work is with the borders of language. She asks how we experience and conceive of a space where words are unstable, run out, or fail, and what other forms of understanding might emerge in the face of unreadability - in context, for example, of neurological or emotional conditions, linguistic or cultural differences. 

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