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In Search of Løst Memory + Memøry Saløn at the French Cultural Center

  • French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

"The true art of memory is the art of attention."–Samuel Johnson

Is the internet eating your memory? Or is it just lightening your mental load? Have "memory" and "digitized memory data" become too interchangeable to distinguish? In a post-analog age, where social media platforms are turning into our cultural archives, who "owns" our memories?

In Search of Lost Memory probes the effects of our growing dependence on digital technology on our memory through the lenses of artists, writers, and neuroscientists. Both Julien Prévieux's Duchamp Prize-winning "What Shall We Do Next? (Sequence #2)" and Andrew Fish's new works register the bodily responses to our increasingly disembodied and digitally-mediated experiences. While A. R. Hopwood's "False Memory Archive" and Wilhelm Neusser's pre-digital "Dropbox" remind us of the ever slippery nature of memory and the fragile and mysterious process of storing and reclaiming it--regardless of whether it is in the cloud or in the body.

Join our Memory Salon for a conversation with the participating artists and readings of new work by writer Daphne Kalotay and poet Dan Chelotti.

Wondering what state your memory is in? Find out by taking our brief memory questionnaire: (Be alarmed...or put your fears to rest.)

Earlier Event: September 14
James Stanley at MassArt