“Architectures of Memory” is a site-specific, multi-channel video projection event situated within the ocean inlet at West Cliff Drive and Sunset Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. Through personal recollections and the dynamic cohesion of video projection design, this public artwork will explore the many complexities and poetics of the construction of memory and its erosion within the human brain. Content has been created from interviews with individuals about personal memory, its emotional correlations, and sensory characteristics. The ultimate goal of this piece is to create a public artwork that is dynamic and sensory, and that provides the viewer with a space for individual contemplation and collective experience. This particular outdoor site offers a wealth of exciting opportunities for this work, with its combination of man-made structures and the natural erosion of the cliffs and surrounding area that has occurred over time. These very elements join to create a natural theater of sorts, a space beckoning for activation, exploration, and experience. At night, the site takes on a heightened sense of mystery and magic, with the sounds of the ocean amplified through the darkness, and the outlines of the ocean tide and outlying cliffs just visible to the eye. Please join us at sunset on October 21st at Mitchell's Cove for the Performative Technologies Project Group event.
Helen Hyun-Kyung Park and Natalie McKeever are second year MFA students in the Digital Arts and New Media program at UCSC.
Many thanks to Lyle Troxell and our supervising professors, Jim Bierman, David Cuthbert, and Kate Edmunds.
*This event is subject to cancellation if the weather does not permit us to use the projectors outside! A rain date will be added if this occurs.