Nov. 2016 280A Vienna
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“Transforming Memories” was the opening project of 280A. Within the program of the 1st Worldwide Studiobiennale we presented the first exhibition and publication at 280A Artspace in Vienna under the title TRANSFORMING MEMORIES. It collected the works of 11 international artists from different cultures, backgrounds and artistic approaches that were invited to produce a new work according to the theme of visual memory. The exhibition was a portable kit of images/memories, a multum in parvo, a small accumulation of personal or cultural memory, the transformation of reality, the transformation and rethinking of memory and it’s processes.
Each recall of a certain memory changes, transforms and becomes the reinterpretation of it’s slowly replaced origin. Being surrounded by this morphing void of memories, a certain visuality that cannot be touched, I found myself surrounded by artists of several fields, that asks for similar questions in their work. A great selection of artists followed our invitation to create site specific works about memory for an unconventional and intimate exhibition about their personal relation to memories. Memory is always a matter of perspective, we invited the visitor to explore those individual views, from personal reflections until the rearrangement of history.
Looking at the conglomeration of memory constructions in this exhibition it should remind us, that our memory as well as our interpretation of it is limited, that we need images and resources to remember.
With the death of a person, the expiration of his existence, all his years of memory vanish in a very second. Leftovers like photographs and personal objects might trigger the remembrance on that person but without the author’s eyes the memory is merely ephemeral. The process of forgetting is a necessity of the human brain; we need to forget to explore: The near past needs to be forgotten to remember the far behind. Is a memory able to exist independent from it’s author, or is it’s existence purely latent? To think that a memory is only once accessible in it’s pure quality is a Borgean key to the following train of thoughts.
Christiane Peschek / Curator