Chris Barrett


Memory in Mind


This is an exploration of memory. It is divided into three sections: Place, Time, and Perspective. Through each of these phases the themes of vividness and articulation became more consistent. These two words take on a life force of their own and work in tandem and are at odds with one another. They act like dimmer switches, spinning dials adjusted for each situation.

Memory is first placed in history, existing in two timelines, our own, and the collective highlighted history of the world. Things seen on countdowns near the end of the year, "Top 10 News Stories of the Year." Things like that.

Time is seen as a linear process that has clear cut definitions understood universally. However, this aspect of memory is where time does not hold any leverage. When memory is understood as metabolic process, triggered by outside stimulus, this can be a new marker of time. Articulation is introduced as a driving force in how and what we recall. Etched metal simulated the "chemical process" of memory.

Finally, in collaboration with colleague Tina Alves, memory was looked at through the lens of the the human condition. It was represented through emotions associated with places that where in my own recent memory. Specifically places I'd lived in the past 7 years.