Experience and Memory

Natascha Thiara Rydvald

Photo: Natascha Thiara Rydvald

What is the relation between experience, memory and time? And how does an audience verbalize their experience with classical music? These questions have been the starting point for this report by ‘A Suitcase of Methods’. In a society where we store knowledge in growing archives and at the same time are living at a fast pace with a tendency to short memories, these questions become important. In response to a symphonic concert with The Royal Danish Orchestra presenting oeuvres of the French composers Henri Dutillieux and Maurice Ravel the 14th of May 2016 at The Royal Danish Opera, two focus groups were conducted. The first was held immediately after the experience i.e. in the evening. The second focus group was held in the afternoon five days after the concert. We asked two basic questions during the conversations: ‘Describe your experience today’ and ‘name your first experience memorable experience with performing arts’.

Read the entire Report #4: Experience and Memory.

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