Read Only Memory
Caitlin Hulscher, 1994, 2'28''

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The title of this work refers to the Read Only Memory of computers: an indelible, permanent form of memory that can be read only. What you see in Hulscher's Read Only Memory are, first, close-up pictures of moving body-folds in a belly. There is the sloshing of water and the sound generated by the movement of rowing. Then appears, in unfocussed outlines at first, the face of a man, the rower, and also other parts of his body, shot from different angles. But neither face nor the man's movements shows any light on what is moving him, where he goes to or where he comes from. What you see is what happens, all the other stays unknown. The ROM-degree is found in the measured, almost mechanic irrefutability of what is going on.

  • Date: 1994
  • Length: 2'28''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry
  • Keywords: memory, body, technology