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How to Purposefully Forget Things

How to Purposefully Forget Things is a performance lecture and installation of research materials and video. The title is derived from a WikiHow.com article and the lecture presents the suggested methods for forgetting in relation to a history of the ‘art of memory’ and the recent 'Right to be Forgotten' ruling by the European Court of Justice. This ruling allows E.U. citizens to request the removal of links to articles and other web content from search engine results. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between memory and technology and its implementations within ideological structures such as art, religion, and law with specific reference to mnemonics, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and privacy and property laws. By investigating how access to information/memory has been conditioned the performance raises concerns over whether or not successive technological developments to aid memory furthered the intellectual and political emancipation of individuals, or generated levels of fragmentation and distraction that mask entrenched systems of exclusion and exploitation.

 

Documentation from academic. Long Island City, New York. 2016.

 

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How to Purposefully Forget Things. The Art of Memory: III. Epilogue. 2016. HD Video with Sound. 2:30 minutes.  

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