Remember This (version 2013)
Our memories constantly fade. Our synapses create proteins that cause neural networks in our brains to light up and recall a childhood dog or our trip home from work a few weeks ago. Each time we call on a memory, a protein is created again, sometimes different, sometimes maybe not at all, and the memory shifts. It begins to take on a softer hue or maybe attach parts of the current context to what was. Parts that were once important become less so -- the past blends with our current context and setting, taking cues from the us that is in the present.
Remember This is about experiencing this process in an external way. It's a project about realizing the parts of this process that are human alone; the forgetting and damping effects of context. When the machine is turned on it takes an image of the space in front of it, compresses the image to a set of points that best represent that image's composition, and then draws this representation. After finishing this set of points, it takes another image, compresses it, combines that with what it thinks it previously drew, and then draws this new set of points. This process of combing the previous and current point sets is done using a function that has a learning curve to it: over time the function weights variations in the scene (new people or objects) as being less significant if the variations do not alter the scene in a statistically dramatic way. Impact of the machine's memory is dependent on the time since it captured the initial memory (when it was turned on) and how dramatic the variation is of what it is currently looking at compared to what it believes it first looked at.
As the viewer watches, he and the machine are both linked by the process of memory. As the machine draws, the viewer by default will think of previous experiences of watching the drawing take place (whether long ago or just moments before), while his brain feeds him experiences that relate to his current context. As the machine externalizes and tries to mimic in a clinical and objective way the memory of the space between it and viewer, the drawing that is created belongs not to the machine (as it has no way to look at the piece as a whole) or the viewer. It is a memory set aside: external and detached. Maybe this is what we hope our process of memory could achieve, to expel and allow others to fully see and understand our view and experience. But maybe memory that isn't bounded and confined, fading and picking up false facets through new experience and context, isn't memory at all.