Lamented Territory is an installation that uses the artist’s experience of growing up in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon as source material to construct a meditation on memory. A television plays back footage of the town, recorded in the present day on to videotape with a VHS camcorder and subsequently cut up and spliced back together. Five cassette tape loops with a one-minute duration play various audio recordings made over the course of the artist’s youth.
The piece aims to articulate a connection between the idiosyncrasies of increasingly redundant analogue technologies and the characteristics of human memory. Both the audio and visual elements present fragments – recurring intermittently, decaying and distorting – that seek not to document a moment and place, but rather to offer a representation of the process of remembering and its inherent imperfections.