Echo: Reshape Erasmus was created in 2022 by students studying in the Cultural Studies Master’s Program. A cultural policy project, the main objective of this initiative was to research the history and heritage of the Erasmus Gardens (Erasmustuins) so that the Faculty of Arts might preserve the legacy of this space.
Using QR codes, audio, and this website, the group has aimed to make the history and heritage of the garden as immersive as possible. Emphasizing the concept of community, the project has determined that the memory of the garden transcends time and space; even a single moment in time can be representative of the unceasing identity this space has procured.
The name “Echo” represents the nature of memory as remnants of the past. Propelled by history, we continue to experience it all around us. It also takes on a literal meaning as we explored non-traditional methods of mnemonic preservation through sound. Taking the preservation of the site one step further than uncovering archival material, our audio contribution adds to the narrative and aims to offer a larger sensory experience for audiences of today and tomorrow.
We hope that this site might help you recognize how memory is all around us and within us, even when we don’t see it.
– The Echo Team: António Baião-Pinto, Alisa Grishin, Catho Menten, Lore Zanardi
We would like to offer our sincere gratitude to those who helped contribute to this project. From the planning to the execution, it was not without responsiveness and dependability of others that we were able to accomplish this.
Thank you to:
- M Leuven
- Stadsarchief Leuven
- Anne Liefsoens, M Leuven
- Jochen Suy, M Leuven
- Ivo Jossart, Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven
- Saman Jahaverian
- Fred Truyen, Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven
- Kris Van Heuckelom, Faculty of Arts; Ecoteam Letteren, KU Leuven
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