Myseum of Toronto is exhibiting an immersive speculative soundscape that invites audiences to visualize — in the mind’s eye — a possible future of women’s work. A blend of guided meditation, radio documentary, and cinematic soundscape, Memory Work is part of the exhibition This Women’s Work at Myseum Intersections 2020, postponed to 2021.
The project is a collaboration between women’s collective At the Moment and foresight studio From Later, with contributions from Toronto racialized women. Using strategic foresight methods, From Later developed this research-based future scenario to imagine new ways of defining, acknowledging, and valuing the wide spectrum of women’s work. Through the voices of local women, including Zaki Ibrahim, Mecha Clark, Nehal El-Hadi, Ananda Gabo, and Macy Siu, the soundscape portrays new roles of labour like the creative biologist, surrogate entrepreneur, cosmetic healer, purposeful placement officer, and environmental steward. Memory Work engages with ethical and moral questions around care and labour across time (past, present, and future) to question what a feminine economy could be. It hopes to empower listeners to use it as material for meditation, and stimuli for imagining collective future memory together.
Listen to the soundscape and explore an image of Toronto in 2038 at www.memory-work.com. Listeners are encouraged to use Memory Work as a resource, to question it and iterate on it, generating their own future experiences, visions, vignettes, and artifacts.
Memory Work – An immersive audio experience
07 Oct 2020
At The Moment honours the collective strength of women who are breaking boundaries, using their voices and embracing who they are. We connect women to experiences that celebrate who they are. We share traditions and culture. We curate objects that are rooted in our history but redesigned for modern times.
[ from later ] is a foresight studio. We monitor and make sense of change, developing clear-sighted and judicious futures perspectives. We develop tools and ways of working that augment our research, problem-solving, and creative abilities. We explore the capacities of art, science, theory, and strategy to address complex challenges.