Memory Machine is the contemporary cultural programme of Castrum Peregrini. It includes exhibitions, lectures, debates, performances & publications on cultural memory & identity. The programme is realised together with many partners from Amsterdam and abroad. It explores how memory works, private memory and collective memory, and how the two are interrelated. How does memory shape and constitute our culture and our identity? What mechanisms are there to construct and deconstruct, use and abuse collective memory and identity?
The history of Castrum Peregrini as a hiding place during World War II and it’s reality since were defined by freedom, friendship and culture. Back then it was a safe house for youngsters that found shelter in a group of friends, constructing a shield of poetry and art that protected them. Gisèle, who organised the shelter and founded Castrum Peregrini, was herself an artist. The house of Castrum Peregrini is her visual diary. To the current generation taking care of this place it is obvious that the war in Europe may be over but that culture and the human must nonetheless be defended. That is why Castrum Peregrini sees memory not as static and dead, but as a living and volatile matter that needs constant exploration.
The Memory Machine is fuelled by the discussions and outcomes of Intellectual Playground, the think tank of Castrum Peregrini.
The Memory Machine programme is made possible with the generous support of Mondrian Fund, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Stichting Democratie en Media.
Please find here an overview of activities since 2011.