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“Memory Burn” Group Exhibition at bitforms gallery (New York City, New York)

July 10, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Daniel Canogar, exonemo, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sara Ludy,
Sarah Rothberg, Angela Washko, Andrea Wolf
curated by Chris Romero

Reception: Friday, July 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

“I believe we lose immortality because we have not conquered our opposition to death; we keep insisting on the primary, rudimentary idea: that the whole body should be kept alive. We should seek to preserve only the part that has to do with consciousness.”
– Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel

Inspired by Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casares’ 1940 novel, The Invention of Morel, the exhibition Memory Burn observes mortality and death in relation to recording devices. The title of the exhibition refers simultaneously to unforgettable visions burned in the mind and to digital burning used to archive memories.

In the novel, a fugitive stranded on an island obsesses over a beautiful tourist named Faustine, only to find out that she and her fellow travelers are three-dimensional recordings projected by a machine. Coping with loneliness and gradual madness, he learns how to integrate himself into the machine’s memory, altering it to suggest that he and Faustine are together, in love. Although the process means certain death, he wishes to live on as a projection, hoping a machine is invented that can merge his soul and conscience with Faustine’s.

The phenomenon that takes place on the island foreshadows our contemporary experience with recording devices, as well as virtuality, and electronic networks. We document our lives as if to prolong them. Featured in the exhibition are a range of works that utilize photography, video, face recognition software, and virtual reality.

A virtual space in conjunction with the exhibition will be accessible at www.bitforms.com on July 10.

Details

Start:
July 10, 2015
End:
August 16, 2015
Website:
http://www.bitforms.com/exhibitions/memory-burn

Venue

bitforms Gallery
131 Allen Street, NY 10002 United States + Google Map