Critical Light Sculpture
Three mirrors are hung from above, allowing the audience to look at their own reflections; yet, the images are distorted from every angle. The smaller pieces of reflective mirror, carrying bits and pieces of the audience's image, seem to be breaking away from the larger mirrors, gathering, and forming streams of memory pixels. The streams of pixels flow upward and are eventually captured in a box at the top. Is that where lost human memories flow to? Is the box where the fragile human memories are kept so that they are not lost forever?
Alzheimer's disease is one of the top six leading death causes in the U.S. and is on the rise throughout the world. It is believed to be the biggest epidemic of today. With no effective treatment and preventive care, Alzheimer's is the most expensive disease in the US, exceeding the cost of both cancer and heart disease. At the current projection of 14 millions Alzheimer's patients by 2050, it could sink the healthcare economy in the U.S if there is not a cure soon enough.
Inspired by the story of the epidemic disease, the light sculpture aims to evoke an emotional response in the audience towards the fragility of human memory. Today, data and information are digitized for storage via hardware or in the invisible cloud, yet no technological solution seems to be able to recover the fragile human memories, which are made of specific contexts, complex thought processes and deep emotions. Once human memories are lost, are they lost forever? Where do they go?
"Remember me?" is a question when you ask someone to recall a connection with you. "Remember me!" can also be a statement to request someone to keep you in their mind. What if such request is to say to oneself? How would it feel like to forget one's inner self? How would it feel like to lose the memory of one own image?
TouchDesigner | DMX Controller
Mirror | Wire Mesh | Copper Wires
Dan Oved | Chenhe Zhang
For more detailed development process, please visit Remember Me blog post