Art of Memory
Woody Vasulka, 1987, 36'37''

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Humankind's collective memory can perhaps be compared with a complex and multi-layered filing cabinet of images and sounds. Sometimes a topical event causes one of this cabinet's drawers to be pulled open so that the present-day can be seen in a new light. The memory archive is most relevant to the 20th century, the age of the technically reproducible. It exists not simply on a symbolic level but in reality as material recorded and stored by means of photography, film, video and computer so that the collective memory is becoming increasingly artificial. The "Art of Memory" is a work-in-progress. Against the apparently unchanging and inaccessible landscape background of the American South-West, black-and-white fragments of films and photos of World War Two are ixed with historic statements and propaganda songs. A solitary angel sitting on a rock lets history's turbulence pass him by. Vasulka combines digital and digitalized images with framed archive material, landscape shots and staged scenes. Each image functions as a perspective; images are overlapped or contain other images. The many layers of The "Art of Memory" seem almost to reflect the structure of memory itself. But we are also watching the midlife memories of the Czech filmmaker Vasulka by means of techniques developed by the American media artist Woody. Read more...

  • Date: 1987
  • Length: 36'37''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: computer animation, narrative
  • Keywords: collage, culture, history, identity, memory, storytelling, technology