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Memory Palace

Memory Palace

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Published by soulellis
Produced at the American Academy in Rome in January and February 2011, Memory Palace is a book object that documents three desire lines — structural guides that resonate and conjure meaning. They demonstrate three ways to explore Rome:

The rioni neighborhood lines of 1744 (boundaries)
The 13 bridges crossing the Tevere river, a geographical line (a cut)
The scavi or excavations below Rome, i.e., the story of Saint Peter’s bones (place-based narratives)
Each desire line presents a tension — the crazy friction when time, geography and story rub up against each other.

But the book is also a container for memories (my past, Rome’s) — a non-space to store objects, associations and meaning. An imaginary structure to contain the artifacts: desire lines, relics and maps. It’s like a reliquary, housing both the remains of lost memory (clues to past experiences) as well as new material.

As a photographic investigation, Memory Palace asks if the image can evoke real meaning, or if this is an impossible task. Like a relic — a holy fragment that stands for the whole (and retains all of its power) — can a single pixel open up new dimensions for exploring the image? What kind of faith is required to investigate the photograph?

http://soulellis.com/projects/memory-palace/
Produced at the American Academy in Rome in January and February 2011, Memory Palace is a book object that documents three desire lines — structural guides that resonate and conjure meaning. They demonstrate three ways to explore Rome:

The rioni neighborhood lines of 1744 (boundaries)
The 13 bridges crossing the Tevere river, a geographical line (a cut)
The scavi or excavations below Rome, i.e., the story of Saint Peter’s bones (place-based narratives)
Each desire line presents a tension — the crazy friction when time, geography and story rub up against each other.

But the book is also a container for memories (my past, Rome’s) — a non-space to store objects, associations and meaning. An imaginary structure to contain the artifacts: desire lines, relics and maps. It’s like a reliquary, housing both the remains of lost memory (clues to past experiences) as well as new material.

As a photographic investigation, Memory Palace asks if the image can evoke real meaning, or if this is an impossible task. Like a relic — a holy fragment that stands for the whole (and retains all of its power) — can a single pixel open up new dimensions for exploring the image? What kind of faith is required to investigate the photograph?

http://soulellis.com/projects/memory-palace/

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Published by: soulellis on Oct 03, 2011
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Memory palace
Paul Soulellis
 
Memory palace
A Roman reliquary 
 
When using the memory palace, one needs onlyto remember the symbols, ater which the encodedinormation becomes unlocked like the chirographwhich connects to its counterpart.
“Memory Palace — A Trace Study.” Erin Mizrahi.

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