A research creation project dedicated to collecting personal memories based on common locations within Montreal’s Park Extension neighborhood.
AddressKnown.ca is a research creation project dedicated to collecting personal memories based on common locations within Montreal’s Park Extension neighborhood. The interactive website (which we are calling a location based web documentary) includes portraits on Park Extension citizens who are actively involved with the community at various levels. Each portrait brings forward specific personal memories based on locations within the neighborhood seen through a historical and cultural lens. Location based storytelling techniques are used to showcase the connection between space, time and memory, and the “function of mapping is less to mirror reality than to engender the re-shaping of the worlds [community] in which people live” (Corner, 1999, p.10). Each portrait sheds light on a different aspect of the community, from varying perspectives (age, gender, ethnic background, socio-economic background, religious beliefs, level of participation within the community, etc.). The title reflects a common thread between the subjects who will be interviewed: in conversation what is conveyed is a sense of belonging and profound connection to the neighborhood because of their home and/or work address and location that is never forgotten. Park Extension is a neighbourhood that transcends typical notions of age and “growing old”, in a sense the physical space itself and its citizens are linked together by solidarity and an undying willingness to keep the community and members dynamic and continuously in conversation and active. This project works against traditional assumptions about “old people living in old neighbourhoods”, in that it showcases the active involvement of seniors, youth, and adults in an effort to better understanding how intergenerational conversations and efforts keep a community strong and “on the map”.