Lamented Territory

Lamented Terrirtoy at London College of Communication, 2013.

Lamented Terrirtoy at London College of Communication, 2013.

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.

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