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Our First Memory Workshops were wonderful

The first Memory Workshops run by The Orality Centre were a huge success. We want to thank all those who came – especially the enthusiastic participants who travelled all the way from Queensland and New South Wales.

Details of the workshops on offer are in the previous post.

The Orality Centre Staff

The staff (L to R): Paul Allen, Lynne Kelly, Alice Steel, Damian Kelly

 

 

Lynne Kelly

Lynne Kelly gives the opening address.

Paul’s two Memory Palace workshops ran morning and afternoon. Participants were guided through the crucial skill of how to link seemingly unconnected concepts to places. Initially, they linked the 20 largest countries in the world to different abstract art works.

They did it brilliantly! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is the type of thing they were puzzling over: Paul’s sculptures! Participants linked this to Thailand.

Paul’s abstract art at the location for Thailand.

 

 

At the end of the workshop they could name the first 20 countries despite not having thought about them for a few hours.

The Memory Palace workshop then went outside to use a memory trail in the landscape to encode information of their choice.

 

Inside Alice ran a Winter Count workshop in the morning and a Memory Boards workshop in the afternoon.

The memory boards are based on the mnemonic device of the African Luba people known as a lukasa.

Lisa Minchin (right) encoded the local wattle species to her memory board. Rumour has it that her partner has since been treated to numerous enthusiastic demonstrations of her knowledge of the first 20 countries and the local wattles.

We will be running Memory Workshops in schools and other locations. Please email info@theoralitycentre.org for more information.

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