Em-Em: Objects, Memory and Emotion

6th July 2017 (7pm)

Join us for an evening focused on memory and the physical world, exploring how objects can act as vessels for feelings as well as recollections. How do we sense the past? How do we physically respond to objects that hold meaning for us, and how is that related our emotions? What does that mean for our own mementoes and souvenirs? This evening we will learn about how objects and memory contribute to constructing our identities. Our speakers are all involved with the connection between emotion and objects, whether in terms of objects’ roles in structuring our memories or more focused on how we interact with their material properties.


Sally Holloway is a historian of gender, emotions, and material culture, and is currently writing a book on romantic love in Georgian England. She teaches at Richmond University and Oxford Brookes University. Sally is an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London, and in 2016 was an Early Career International Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Purnima Patel secured her Masters in Glass at the RCA. Her work has been featured in glass shows in the UK and internationally, including the British Glass Biennale. Her work includes a series of memorial vessels, and the exploration of memory and remembrance are key to her practice.

Daniela Petrelli is Professor of Interaction Design at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses on novel forms of interaction design that combine digital technology with product design. She has been investigating these hybrid digital-physical scenarios within two different domains: personal memories and cultural heritage. She also leads the EU project ‘meSch’ – material encounters with digital cultural heritage – that examines how hybrid digital/material objects change the experience of visiting museums and cultural heritage sites.


If you would like to join, please get your free ticket here. 


THECUBE London is a coworking space in the heart of Shoreditch. We have been hosting artists in our space for the last 7 years, and are excited to be hosting Em-Em from Central Saint Martins for the summer.