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Spomenik: resurrecting voices in the woods

Kirk, David S.; Durrant, Abigail C.; Kosem, Jim; Reeves, Stuart


David S. Kirk

Abigail C. Durrant

Jim Kosem


Spomenik (‘monument) is a digital memorial architecture that transposes in time otherwise hidden cultural memories of atrocity. Spomenik was designed as a simple digital audio guide, embedded in a remote rural location (Kočevski Rog, Slovenia), and working without the infrastructure normally present at national memorial sites. By resurrecting voices and cultural narratives of the deceased, positing them back in to the landscape through digital means, Spomenik opens a dialogue about the events of the past, in relation to networks of the living, exploring the role of voice and agency, as serviced through design in the act of memorialization. We contribute a detailed case study of a design-led inquiry about digital memorialization and digital preservation of cultural heritage, and a reflective account about the nature of legacy and the extent to which it is (and perhaps should be) necessarily bound to networks of collective memory, mediated through designed cultural tools.


Kirk, D. S., Durrant, A. C., Kosem, J., & Reeves, S. (2018). Spomenik: resurrecting voices in the woods. Design Issues, 34(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 27, 2017
Online Publication Date Jan 3, 2018
Publication Date Jan 15, 2018
Deposit Date Jan 23, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 23, 2018
Journal Design Issues
Print ISSN 0747-9360
Electronic ISSN 0747-9360
Publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 1
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