Perceptions of Death in Collective Memory: Numbers, Spaces, Texts.

What do you get when you put a mathematician, a reader in English Literature and an architect together into an online room for a few months, throw the poem “London” by William Blake and a few graphs depicting Covid 19 death rates?

As BA Interior Architecture Tutor Sophie Ungerer found out, being part of an interdisciplinary research project called Perceptions of Death in Collective Memory: Numbers | Spaces | Texts,  “lots of interesting, but also at times challenging conversations, which made me remember to listen to other disciplines and re-think (Interior) Architecture and what it means to me”

It was also an exciting opportunity to re-read London – both the poem, as well as the city. And to try to translate what Sophies had learned about mathematical concepts, poetic analysis and Blakes’ acid etching process from the other two academics, into spatial ideas of how we experience memory, loss and death. If you are curious (and speak Spanish), you can read about the ongoing collaboration in this article, published in Spanish newspaper  La Razon last week.

The collaborators working with Sophie are Dr Sybille Erle (Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln) & Dr Makrina Agaoglou (Instituto de Ciencias Matematicas, ICMAT, Madrid); the project is funded by Alumnode.