RENATE FERRO

 

Screen Memory, was inspired by the Freudian term used to describe the reconstitution of an earlier memory later in life. The screens of memory contained within these projections have been digitized from Super 8 film shot in the nineteen fifties.  The amateur use of the camera, focus, and speed contrast with our contemporary conventions of high resolution.  In the installation, my aim was to foreground the split-time of screen memory using several installation devices: digital projection, sound, light sensors, and installation sculpture. To signify the process of reinscribing childhood memory, the viewer traversed from the digital realm to the material, from vision to narration guided by light sensors that were tripped by the movement of the viewers body. 

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION

 

“Recollection of this kind, whose value lies in the fact that it represents in the memory impressions and thoughts of a later date whose content is connected with its own by a symbolic or similar links, may appropriately be called a ‘screen memory,’ “

-Sigmund Freud in Screen Memories

A screen memory may hide something that is contemporary or contiguous in time.  Either way the status of memory is put into question.  Instead of being a recovery of the past in the present, it always involves a revision, reinscription, or re-presentation of an ultimately irretrievable past”.

  -Mary Jacobus in First Things