Created by Matthias ‘moka’ Dörfelt, Selective Memory Theatre is a machine-like perception and memory installation which receives the newest images from flickr that get distorted, mixed and blended to pursue a notion of sensory noise and portray memory and perception. Simultaneously these images are mapped as “similar memories” to the secondary projection representing short- and long-term memory layer and their mutual relationships. – Source : Filip Visnjic CREATIVE APPLICATIONS NETWORK
Selective Memory Theatre is a machine-like perception and memory installation – the intent is to emulate human memory, creating an interaction of online information and sensory input that then teaches the non-forgetting digital memory to forget. It thereby replicates how the the individual mind selects, prioritizes and integrates experience into memory . It is the opinion of Matthias ‘moka’ Dörfelt that this process eventually reduces experience & memory to an oblivion.
As a piece of contemporary Mass Media Art, it demonstrates how new Mass media technology is a Implied Space waiting to be creatively explored, generating new media content in new forms. It also demonstrates the mass media principle that Mew Mass Media absorbs/consumes the content and codes & conventions of previous forms of Mass Media, re-constituting them as new constructed realities. More information and other work my the artist can be found at the links in the post ( images are also linked to their source document). The following video documents the installation. Vimeo videos are of high quality and may take a bit of time to load. Make sure to watch in HD wide screen.
This is an exploration of time and memory through the metaphor of changing seasons. It combines photographs and digital art images with natural soundscape, poetry, voice and music to convey the fluid changes of our experiences and memories.
Used in this composition were portions of the following poems & songs and music.
I know I am but summer to your heart ( Edna St. Vincent Millay ) sung by Andrea Marcovicci
Just ( e.e. cummings ) spoken by J. P. Kanski
know I am but summer to your heart
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892 – 1950
( Read Biography )
I know I am but summer to your heart,
And not the full four seasons of the year;
And you must welcome from another part
Such noble moods as are not mine, my dear.
No gracious weight of golden fruits to sell
Have I, nor any wise and wintry thing;
And I have loved you all too long and well
To carry still the high sweet breast of Spring.
Wherefore I say: O love, as summer goes,
I must be gone, steal forth with silent drums,
That you may hail anew the bird and rose
When I come back to you, as summer comes.
Else will you seek, at some not distant time,
Even your summer in another clime.
in Just –
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
A Note on Process: For those interested in the behind the scenes technical bits, software used includes PaintShop Pro, Corel Video Studio Pro, Goldwave Audio and Sqirlz Morph. The links above will provide more information on poets, singers, musicians and composers. For more information about the young ladies in the lovely bonnets see the post Antique Impressions: Easter Bonnets on my photography blog.
Imagine a monologue that lasts four minutes but takes millions of years to express. Picture an ash-collecting robot who has drifted to the farthest edge of the universe, only to witness its end and the revelation of Implied Space. This animated meditation on consciousness, self, death and the nature of reality is based on the creation by award winning cartoonist Joel Priddy.
As you may know, if you perused the About page, that the inspiration for this blog derives in part from Walter Jon Williams’ science fiction novel Implied Spaces ( now available for e-readers ). As the novel’s title suggests, the situation the protagonist faces is a consequence of highly advanced technology generating implied social and metaphysical spaces. During an action packed romp, it raises questions about identity on both a social and metaphysical level. S.M. Stirling accurately observes that this blend of ideas and genres establishes a new form, the Sword & Singularity Adventure/Thriller.
What is Speculative Fiction and why isn’t Science Fiction literature ?
A central problem was that mass media entertainment, ……………….. movies and television, created a distorted definition of fantasy and science fiction. Notice the word literature is left out. Fantasy can not be literature, just as science fiction is not literature. They belong to genre, pulp, children’s stories, comic books, and mere escapist entertainment. ( Source Link )
In an effort to re-brand and separate it from some of the negative associations created over time, there were those in the publishing and academic circles, who started referring to certain types of narratives as Speculative Fiction and pointed to the long history and respected literary practitioners of the form.
Speculative Fiction is a form of Fantasy Literature. It is Fantasy narrative whose reality is based on speculations upon scientific facts and hypotheses. These can be broken into three sub-categories based on the sciences.
– Hard Science Fiction: The basis of the narrative involves speculation on a hard science, such as chemistry, physics, or biology and there is an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail, or on both.. The term was first used in print in 1957 by P. Schuyler Miller in a review of John W. Campbell, Jr.’s Islands of Space in Astounding Science Fiction.
– Soft Science Fiction: The basis of the narrative involves speculation on a soft science, such as sociology, linguistics, or psychology.
– Metaphysical Science Fiction: The basis of the narrative involves speculation on issues of the nature of reality – it can be connected to theoretical physics, areas of computer science, psychology and philosophy.
In today’s world, where such terms as , biodegradable, social media, cyber-bullying, computer virus, i-phone cameras, Twitter, Netflix,genetic-mapping, global warming, anti-vaxxers and 3D printing have become common place and mundane, our interest and appreciation of forms Speculative Fiction must extend beyond escapist entertainment. Furthermore, the concepts presented in these narratives must include existing and new forms of mass media. There is an Implied Space waiting to be explored and used.
Walter Smith, a fellow blogger and very talented video artist, creates work that definitely explore the Implied Spaces of memory, time, the environment, and the emotions. His work also explores the Implied Spaces of new mass media art forms. His “into abstraction” series is an excellent example of this work and this particular art video is superb. Make sure to watch in high definition.
When watching this piece, keep in mind the concept of line of flight (French: ligne de fuite). This concept was developed by Gilles Deleuze and used extensively in his work with Félix Guattari. Translator Brian Massumi notes that in French, “Fuite covers not only the act of fleeing or eluding but also flowing, leaking, and disappearing into the distance (the vanishing point in a painting is a point de fuite). Walter expresses this in both visual and emotional terms in the progression of the art video’s narrative.
Note: The line of flight is another aspect of Implied Space.
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In life it seems, at times, that all the days are long. Caught in-between work, play, dreams, and aspirations. Those days can take the form of too many hours worked, too many hours away from home and loved ones, or too many memories and missed opportunities–taxing, struggling, pushing forward day after day. Sometimes we get a moment of reprieve; a day at the beach, a solitary place in time and space, the joining together of friends, family, and loved ones, or a beautiful hike on the summit of a mountain. Subtle nuances all converging in daily life, testing our resolve, our purpose, or giving pleasure and peace to our efforts.