Alex Jenkins - Shadows of a former self
 

SHADOWS OF A FORMER SELF

An interactive installation that plays upon the idea of ‘emotional resonance,’ in that every object is imbued with a memory through our interactions and the emotional attachment we place upon the items we so voraciously consume and eventually cast aside.

The displaced object, when observed out of context of its former existence, often feels charged with the lingering touch of an owner no longer present, imploring us to wonder, where did it come from? Who owned it? What stories might it tell us?

What if we could invoke those memories?

 

The audience is invited to interact and awaken these memories through the simple act of stirring a china cup. As the spoon circles the cup, sound begins to resonate and swell as the memories of a previous life are called forth from the shadows, insubstantial forms re-enacting old purpose. but soon, memories distort, veering from fond recollection into delusion, as past and the inevitable passage of time erase all away once more.

Both sound and visuals are controlled by participants through the action of stirring. The way they interact determines how the artwork responds. As long as participants stir the story unfolds, however if they pause, the sound decays and the ‘memories’ return to being normal shadows.

 

 

 
 

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