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January 22, 2006

The Art of Losing Memory

Single screen video


Video stills from the Art of Losing Memory

The Poetics and Patterns of Memory
A montage of image and text on screen make connections between
the human being and merciless aspects of technology. The work has a sound composition by Stephen Warbeck

Kathleen Rogers works in "The Art of Losing Memory" with the analogy computer memory / personal memory. In black / white images Rogers shows a woman doing handwork, a seamstress engrossed in her work and following a certain pattern until it finally becomes a textile product of the memory. The images are atmospheric, the movements of the performer are graceful: everything is somewhat poetic, undecided. In contrast to this, the computer asks simple questions, gives possibilities for decision: "Your choice. Yes / No." Rogers distrusts the simplicity of the binary 1 / 0 system. The coded matrix is a "veil of delusion". The computer has no memory. Its capacity is limited to the duplication of data, it lacks the complexity of memory experience, "The Computer Has No Memory. I See My Eyes Open".

Gerald Harringer
Ars Electronica

Selected Presentations

Ars Electronica, Linz
A.S.T.A.R.T.I. , Mutations de l'image, Deuxièmes Rencontres Internationales Art cinéma, Paris
ICA, London
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck
The British Film and Video Directory
Femme Totalle, Dortmund

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