Memory Map


‘Memory Map’ is my third project based on Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.  #3 reflects on ‘love and belongingness‘ – friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work).

Maslow believed that we can all reach our full potential, known as self-actualistion, once we have satisfied a number of basic needs such as food, shelter, safety and a sense of belonging. As can often be the case, I came upon Maslow’s theory in a round about way. Ideas I had been thinking about were put into words as I listened to a TED Radio Hour programme on Maslow. His thinking around ‘safety needs’ gave me a departure point for ‘This I can Carry’, while, ‘Food – Newfoundland‘, investigates Maslow’s ‘biological and physiological need’ for food, which we all possess.

On the first Friday of July 2018, the first get-together of ‘Memory Map’ was held in Rathanna Community Hall, County Carlow.  This was followed by eight more gatherings, each on the first Friday of the month.

‘Memory Map’ is an art-based project bringing together those who wished to share their observations about the area and the changes that have occurred here over the past 20/30 years. The aim was to encourage a direct social interaction and to get-together, face to face, to discuss, contemplate and look towards the future for a small rural community in Ireland.

‘Memory Map’ was run by the Rathanna Community Group Committee and the artist Annabel König.  The project was grant aided by Create – Artist in the Community (the Arts Council of Ireland) and Creative Ireland.

Below are the topics that were addressed in the get-togethers over the past nine months.

July 2018           ‘This neck of the woods – people and place’

August                ‘A changing community – Rathanna and area’

September         ‘Whitford’s Trashing – 30 years’

October               ‘Rathanna Drama Group – 50 years’

November         ‘What is a woman’s place in farming today’

December          ‘Are small farms worth saving for the future’

January 2019    ‘Heritage – a legacy of habitation’

February            ‘It’s the little things that matter – sustainability, biodiversity’

March                 ‘What is a community and how do we go forward in the age of digital’


More to follow…..



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