Inspiration and more

Daniel Schacter's "The Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers", focusing mainly on blocking, transience, and misattribution


•“Blocking: temporary inaccessibility of stored information, such as tip-of-the-tongue syndrome.

•Transience: the decreasing accessibility of memory over time.

•Misattribution: attribution of memories to incorrect sources or believing that you have seen or heard something you haven’t.” (Murray)

Murray, Bridgett. "The Seven Sins of Memory." Monitor Staff. American Psychology Association. 

For this work we were asked to explore the idea of ephemerality by going to a place, taking a souvenir, and never returning. 


Longing. Daybreak. Recollect. was meant to mimic and bring memory deterioration to life through a time lapse of the physical piece. A plastic sheet was used to create a brain like setting; easily manipulated and transparent to see the background changing behind it like memories passing. A frame blocked off a certain "memory" for the viewer to focus on which is then manipulated by me and its surroundings. As time passes the memory is created with acrylic paint and then rinsed off with water to represent the idea of transience. After this some acrylic paint patches are still left intact but some have dripped down the plastic creating false parts of a memory that we often believe are true but are incorrect. The overlapping and ghost like image of the piece shifting in the wind represents blocking or tip-of-the-tongue syndrome, it is there but you can't quite focus on it all the way. The audio used in the video is taken from the trip I took for this project to an antique store, ironically when putting the audio with the video I could not remember the exact order I had recorded the sounds in.