In Search of Lost Time (2011)

Curated by alytle
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At the end of Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust concluded that,”The places we have known do not belong only to the world of space on which we map them for own convenience. They were only a thin slice, held between the contiguous impressions that composed our life at that time; the memory of a particular image is but regret for a particular moment; and houses, roads, avenues are as fugitive, alas, as the years.” The cognitive ability to recall long gone but specific experiences of our lives through memory illustrates the constant struggle between the immaterial past and the material present. Just like Proust’s novel, my exhibition encompasses themes of the nature of time and the power of memory. The works I have chosen as a whole attempt to construct the idea of time and experience as a flowing together of moments, showing one point in time to be indistinguishable from any other. On a individual level each of these art pieces, just like Proust's novel, allow for different meanings every time they are viewed or interacted with and serve as a dynamic center for emotion, imagination, history, perception, and identity. The “photographic-diary project” presents a great example of the clash between the public and private domains of memory through a digital diary. It utilizes the mediums of photography, video and the Internet to create a virtual memory, one that mimics the fragmented and fleeting nature of our own conscious but at the same time explores the change of memory through digital means. “Antediluvian Fragments of Memories” presents another take on the idea of fragmentation as it uses an interactive flash piece to illustrate the three forms of sensory, temporal and lasting memory. It explores memory as a constantly involving entity that straddles both perception and imagination. In “Untitled #3, and 4” Joshua Azzarella breaks down the idea of a collective history into personal memory as he offers the viewer an opportunity to re-enter and re-experience popular historical images. By omitting the tragic, negative, and disturbing parts of the image he allows the viewer constructs an alternative version of our collected history. The “Eidetic Memory” is an interactive piece by Rick Mullarky that forms a narrative about a day in Berlin through replicating memories emotional power to recall images from the mind at will. “The Dream Machine” is a phone operated dream database that archives caller’s dreams. The mechanical system aims to provide callers with the means to forget and rediscover that which is so often forgotten and lost in daily life. I believe that all these works together illustrates a dynamic meditation on memory through the medium of digital media.

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