There is a striking resemblance between the ancient system of memory known as ‘The
method of Loci’ (also known as the memory palace) and modern day digital memory systems.
The Method of Loci
Create locations in the mind which can be easily drawn upon and easy to move between.
Locations are then used to store information in a particular order. Moving from one
location to the next, from one room to another, it is possible to recall large amounts
of information. A series of ‘loci’ are reusable time after time allowing for numerous
Create locations known as addresses in an interconnected information network. Easy
to move between the information. Locations are used to store information. Moving
from one address to the next it is possible to download and assimilate large amounts
The Method of Loci builds upon our artificial memory, the part of our memory which
can be trained. Before literate and electronic memory systems were widely accessible
training your artificial memory was very valuable. With the invention of print, books,
libraries and computers we need to rely less and less on our artificial memory.
The Internet almost eradicates the need to train our artificial memory, allowing
us to survive solely using our natural memory, the part of memory which you are born
with. With the Internet we have an infinite amount of information at our fingertips.
This is particularly true with the invention of smart phones. The rapid rise of the
iphone allows people to access almost any information anywhere and any time. The
rise of social networking web sites document users daily activities and reduces the
need to remember vital details on the people we know because it is all accessible
at the click of a mouse.
Like our own memory, electronic memory degrades and fragments over time. Connections
and addresses get lost and severed. I have reflected this inevitable fragmentation
in the appearance of the locations depicted in the artwork.