Untitled - A Tape About Memory

Su Rynard

1985, 04:00 minutes, colour, English


Untitled (A Tape About Memory) holds images in a shimmering stop motion environment. In an Edward Hopperesque diner, late night has slowed to a crawl, colours are blocky forms, details few. Here a young woman is oberserved, not closely, just in passing. As the work ends, the cameo-like face of a young woman floats against a black background, disconnected from everything, slipping, bit by bit away, a visual equivalent of the present becoming the past. - Lisa Steele

"I wanted to make a tape about memory, not just 'about' memory. I wanted to re-create the actual sensation of memory through texture, colour, mood and movement. I also wanted to examine time in relation to memory and visual experience. With memory, time can be expanded or condensed; it is generally perceived subjectively. Remembering is a distinct effort to collect again what one knows, but memory can be deceptive and past events may be disordered upon recall. In the animated and re-scanned sequence at the end of the tape, the woman exists dislocated from any actual concrete space. She also exists dislocated in time." -Su Rynard

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