Architectures of Memory (2011)

Natalie McKeever and Helen Hyun-Kyung Park October 21, 2011 Santa Cruz, CA

The project was developed as part of the 2010-2011 Performative Technologies Project Group at UCSC's Digital Arts and New Media MFA program, under the guidance of our supervising professors Jim Bierman, David Cuthbert, and Kate Edmunds.

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  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Sunday Apr 28th, 2013
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  • Work Credits:
    • Natalie McKeever, primary creator
    • Helen Hyung-Kyung Park, primary creator
    • Soraya Murray, documentation photographs
    • Jim Bierman, supervising Professor
    • David Cuthbert, supervising Professor
    • Kate Edmunds, supervising Professor
  • Collective: Performative Technologies Project Group, UC Santa Cruz Digital Art/New Media and Theater Department
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Artist Statement

Memory is a creative act. It is an act of reconstruction. A memory is rarely the same twice. How do you remember? In research, we conducted interviews asking how memories looked, felt, and sounded for different individuals. We chose to focus on the extremes of memory - happy memories, joyful memories, painful moments, memories you would never want to lose - with the idea that these polar extremes remain above all else when our memory deteriorates.

Using video to visually interpret our research, Architectures of Memory is a site-specific, thirty minute, three channel video installation exploring the many complexities and poetics of the construction of memory and its erosion within the human brain. The public art event took place October 21st, 2011 within Mitchell's Cove at West Cliff Drive and Sunset Avenue in Santa Cruz, California. Images and text were projected on the cliff-side, rocks, and waves within the ocean inlet.

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