The primary focus of my practice is human memory and in particular how the brain processes and recall the information to create memories.
The memory of a complete experience consist of fragments of information that are stored in different regions of the brain. These bits of information are then reunited by the hippocampus from the separated areas. Till recently it was believed that memories remains static until the holder was damaged. Recent studies in neuroscience suggest that when we remember an event a new consolidation of the memory occurs. This is not a generation of a new memory but a restructuring or reconstruction of a memory prior. When the brain remembers something, that memory is reconstructed and updated. This phenomenon means that when something is recalled not the original event is remembered but only the last update. In this recovery the brain reinterprets and modifies the information. The more an event is recalled the great the difference in between the recollection and the original event would be.
Through the method of my practice I am creating a connection in between these theories and the visual field. I collect an often used vintage object which is linked to the human memory and experience. Then I take this object a part and rebuild it in a new altered form.
In this endevor I have come to an interesting observation. I became aware of this during the production of a recent work. I began to see the whole untouched television as the original experience from which memories arrises. The first step in the making of the work was to deconstruct the television in small parts. This pieces can be compared with bits of information which are distribuited throughout the brain. Finally the television as well as memory is altered and rebuilt in a new form.