MEMORY SYSTEMS

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.

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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 recollections.

The Internet

 

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 of information.

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.

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