Uber memoria 8 (1 minute version) (2008)

The recent collective series, Uber memoria (1-7), re-appropriates various character-based portraits located in medieval religious paintings at St. Michael's church in the Southern German town of Schwaebisch Hall. These images are then recreated through performative video and filmed in locations of significance in Germany, England, New Zealand and Australia as a way of repositioning memories of the original image(s) into locations that themselves hold memories of historical impact thus captured through video. In doing so, the dilemma for the image is now three-fold: (1) strained under the weight of separate locations coming together to form a new image - how does this impact on the idea of originality?, (2) the impact on memory through the conceptualisation of juxtaposing two moments of the past together into the present at the same time, and (3) how the nature of video reproduces these kinds of images into another version of the original, a ...

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The recent collective series, Uber memoria (1-7), re-appropriates various character-based portraits located in medieval religious paintings at St. Michael's church in the Southern German town of Schwaebisch Hall. These images are then recreated through performative video and filmed in locations of significance in Germany, England, New Zealand and Australia as a way of repositioning memories of the original image(s) into locations that themselves hold memories of historical impact thus captured through video. In doing so, the dilemma for the image is now three-fold: (1) strained under the weight of separate locations coming together to form a new image - how does this impact on the idea of originality?, (2) the impact on memory through the conceptualisation of juxtaposing two moments of the past together into the present at the same time, and (3) how the nature of video reproduces these kinds of images into another version of the original, a third generational copy - a 'memory' of a witnessed event.

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