Fiona Kemp – Memory Laps
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Memory Laps

One way of thinking about ourselves, and of memory, is as something that is defined and fixed. Some psychologists and philosophers of mind however are more concerned with the notion of memory as a process, which takes into account movement and the context of our experiences. Memory Laps continues my investigation into how objects, images and repetitive movements can resonate memory. Re-emerging memories involve mysterious processes that may include lapses in memory.  A prime example of a memory lapse is the Tip of the Tongue phenomena first described by William James as “… a gap that is intensely active. A sort of wraith of the name is in it, beckoning us in a given direction, making us at moments tingle with the sense of our closeness and then letting us sink back without the longed-for term.” Fiona Kemp.

Memory Laps High Definition Video (HDV) 5 min
Memory Laps was filmed in the small country town of Kandos during the Cementa 13 Contemporary Art Festival 2013. Kandos has a history of upheaval and of revisioning itself; it is rich in the resources of memory and imagination. Two pieces of video were shot with a Go Pro camera. I like this camera as I can wear it as part of my body whilst swimming in the Kandos 50m swimming pool. The other piece was shot whilst walking next to LapLane a site-specific work created for Cementa 13. This work referenced the black line marking found at the bottom of public swimming pools. A 46 metre x 20 metre x 10cm hole was
embedded into the ground, coloured chlorine blue and filled with water. One way of thinking about ourselves, and of memory is as something that is defined. However some psychologists and philosophers of mind are more concerned with the notion of memory as a process, which takes into account movement and the context of our experiences. Re-emerging memories involve mysterious processes that may include lapses in memory. A prime example of a memory lapse is the Tip of the Tongue phenomena first described by William James as “…a gap that is intensely active. A sort of wraith of the name is in it, beckoning us in a given direction making us at
moments with the sense of our closeness and then letting us sink back without the longed for term. Memory Laps continues my investigation into how objects, images and repetitive movements can resonate memory.
(Fiona Kemp)
Fiona Kemp i s 7/10 artists in residence in Culture at Work’s Art & Science Residency program.