stacked memories

part of the group exibition more than one surface

curated by tsai-ju wu, site specific art / paulusplatz, vienna

stacked memories, 2023
installation, various stacks of different materials (glass, aluminium, wood, cardboard), dimensions variable

performative intervention recalling memories with Paula Kreuzer, live projection, sound

Stacks are structured forms of organization. Stacks symbolize order and system. But also preservation, storage, existing possibilities. You pile things that haven’t been used or done yet. Stacks can be reserve, providing unclaimed information or a sign of being overwhelmed. A collection of unrealized possibilities.

We tend to make pictures in order to conserve moments and keep memories. Even though there has been a lot of research on how the human brain stores memories and organizes information, we still don’t know exactly what happens in the brain when we remember something and how we organize and access stored memories. do we transform perceptions of situations, feelings, realities that we used to live, when we think about them? could one compare the brain to a library or a stocking place? what happens to these compressed memories when we reconstruct them? How fragile are they?

this installation shows a metaphoric depiction of stored memories distributed in the exhibition space. the stacks are composed by plates of several materials that are usually used for the construction of photographic images, similar in size to ancient glass diapositives. through a performative intervention, the installation will be transformed by the interaction of human bodies with the stacks.