Chapter 5: Memory Palace
Within the walls of the Memory Palace, viewers (also known as browsers) are in a perpetual search for a state of total recall.
Searching for the perfect text within the Memory Palace is also an exploration of a virtual archive which contains three forms of memory: books, architecture, and video.
Its architecture is based on a modern data centre set within the Tabularium - the state archive of the Roman Empire on the Capitoline Hill. Its collection consists of publications about the internet that do not exist in online form, drawn from the archive collected for the Tabularium exhibition, 2014. Its videos are drawn from fragments of films about books as a physical artefact.
Exploring the world is a journey through these forms of collective memory.
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An exhibition featuring work by:
Eloïse Bonneviot • Ry David Bradley
Heman Chong and Anthony Marcellini
Rachel de Joode • Lawrence Lek
Katja Novitskova • Tom Penney • Jon Rafman
Curated by Alana Kushnir
Opening Wednesday 20 August 6 – 8 PM
Exhibition 21 August – 13 September 2014
Slopes, Melbourne and online at slopesprojects.org
Bonus Levels is a utopian world-in-progress that unfolds as an ongoing series of software, videos, performances, and installations.
Conceived as a virtual novel, each chapter uses simulation as a medium to assemble site-specific collages of objects and places drawn from reality.
These critical fictions draw from the language of architecture and cinema to explore altered states of presence and memory that exist in digital space.
Each level is rendered visible to the observer through a first-person perspective, a flaneur's point of view where the desire to explore and the need for individual agency both exist.
Lawrence Lek (b. 1982, Frankfurt) explores the physical experience of simulated presence through software, hardware, installations and performance.