The Process of Memory Project
due: April 4th, Monday


There will be no guessing games with this project: what all of them need to be about is the process of memory. Not about a specific memory, but about the process in relation to either Truth or Fluidity.

Choose either Truth or Fluidity to be the subtext of your project, with its overarching theme being the Process of Memory.

All work must be digital and must be time-based.
You can present a videotape as long as it was edited digitally,
otherwise you can present from a cd, dvd, or file.
Make sure your final format runs as you want it to- that you render it correctly.
No paper.
Audio is mandatory.
All work must be structured non-linearly in order to reflect the non-linear nature of remembering.
You cannot use any of your own still photographs.


"In electronic media, a new range of problems is developing that invokes not merely formal issues of juxtaposition and association, but also hose of the interplay (or collision) of text, image, and sound in spatial and temporal layers. Instead of resolving as a singularization, the flow of associations emerges as a fragmented temporal narrative... works engaged in dynamic media collapse many of the limits between text, sound and image, and situate the user in the midst of assimilation and feedback. The effects of this are to suggest a field characterized by transition and not resolution, in which experience teeters between epistemic presence and temporal contingency".

- Timothy Druckery




The Process of Memory: Questions
due: March 23rd, Wednesday


Email me your response in the body of the message.
Make sure that you respond formally: full sentences, with original questions embodied within your answers.

1) Explain where the chapter's title "The Silver at the Surface of the Water" comes from.

2) According to this researcher (Lenore Terr), how can we know that a memory is of a real event and not a false one?

3) How is the non-linear presentation of the film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" like our process of remembering?

4) Write about one scene from the film and how it physically and visually portrayed the process of memory. Be descriptive.

5) Sometimes trying to remember something feels strained and difficult to us (like Gary's "cold wall"). Where do you think this hardship comes from? Why do you think this difficulty exists?

6) What sort of repeated objects and images does "12 Monkeys " use in order to indicate time/space traveled more than once. Explain how this happens from a filmmaking standpoint and be descriptive.