Drifting Memories (2015)

[Photo: Tomoko Hojo]

7 specific sources of inspiration have been chosen from the objects, sounds and sites in the Flat Time House. These recall the personal memories of the artist. Each memory is written as a text. The memories are fragmentary, but, at the same time, they bring with them particular images and indefinable feelings. The audiences wander throughout the spaces and encounter the narrations, which are told in low voices. The concept of the work is the instability of the ownership of memory. The artist’s memories are translated into texts, and others read these texts as if the memories were their own. These “texts” have two features; one is as a document of the original experiences/memories and the other is as a kind of score representing the experience. The texts depart from the artist’s own experience/memories, from her mind/body/identity and become a documentation of these experiences and memories, allowing others to create different representations through their different voices and connect their memories to others’ experiences and identities. Through being repeated again and again, the relationship between these texts and the artist’s original memory, between the original memory and its owner becomes unstable; the work raises questions: Whose memory is this? Is this a real or fiction? Who is the narrator? Where does this voice come from? How does the relationship between texts and narrators change? Do different narrators change the text? How does one’s memory become a part of others’ experience or reality?

Drifting Memories | Tomoko Hojo
Site-specific sound installation, 27 narrators' voices play from small Bluetooth loud speakers.
A score for an audience and a booklet of collecting narrator's memories are also published.
Exhibited in the group show Bodies that Matter, Flat Time House, London in 2015.