Ying-Fang Shen: Cultural history as personal memory

As part of a making-of featurette for the multi-award winning Humanexus (2013), artist Ying-Fang Shen explains her decision to present the history of human communication as a series of “memory pieces.” She discusses how filtering cultural history through individual recollection reveals its selective and subjective nature. The past then becomes both what we choose to remember and how we choose to remember it.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.