KATHLEEN ROGERS

THE ART OF LOSING MEMORY

VIDEO
Duration: 8 minute

Single screen video in distribution through LUX, UK

A montage of animated looped images and scrolling text on screen make connections between human makers and the merciless aspects of technology. 

Kathleen Rogers works in "The Art of Losing Memory" with the analogy computer memory / personal memory. In black / white images Rogers shows a woman doing handwork, a seamstress engrossed in her work and following a certain pattern until it finally becomes a textile product of the memory. The images are atmospheric, the movements of the performer are graceful: everything is somewhat poetic, undecided. In contrast to this, the computer asks simple questions, gives possibilities for decision: "Your choice. Yes / No." Rogers distrusts the simplicity of the binary 1 / 0 system. The coded matrix is a "veil of delusion". The computer has no memory. Its capacity is limited to the duplication of data, it lacks the complexity of memory experience, "The Computer Has No Memory. I See My Eyes Open".

Gerald Harringer
Ars Electronica

Selected Presentations

Ars Electronica, Linz
A.S.T.A.R.T.I. , Mutations de l'image, Deuxièmes Rencontres Internationales Art cinéma, Paris
ICA, London
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck
The British Film and Video Directory
Femme Totalle, Dortmund
FACT, Liverpool

Distributed by LUX

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