Memory as Fluid Matter

Along with the decision to take a step back and have a higher focus in remembering nature, I also re-established my relationship and concept of memory and its activity. I revisited the idea of the flux and henceforth I decided to observe the behaviour and movement of water to increase my understanding of such constant shifting.

The idea for this arose from a work by Emma Hunter which I saw at The Ruskin Library. The cyanotype she created emerged from scientific studies of the way hearts are formed in the emryo; the theory states that before any physical matter is formed in the womb there are various streams of fluid pulsing throughout it. Eventually the multiple streams narrow down to two; these two start running in strong proximity and relation to one another, increasing the friction between them. What is estimated to happen next, is that the two collide and create a kind of whirlpool which is where and how the heart forms, along with its beat.

I thought that the concept was super fascinating and moving; it made me think about the entire body in terms of this fluidity, as well as trace back to about a year ago when I was beginning to find correlations between the flux of water, rivers and streams, and the workings of the mind – now seeing that it’s not just the mind that works in this way, but rather our entire inner biological system.

And it makes so much sense to base the workings of memory on water –

It is a great conductor of energy – waves and/or heat – things move through it – are distorted when they enter its matter – light travels through it – very responsive to the surrounding environment

In my practice I can focus on memory as a fluid matter, looking at how its constant movement and change reflects the complex networks of the mind.

I like the idea of a wave being a constantly moving grid or network – or maybe made up of different layers of these grids to create a 3-dimentional form.

Also thinking of gatherings of water – as gatherings of a multitude of particles – a multitude of info and data – they all come together to form this large collective – I like that imaginery – and now thinking about this, I guess it’s also something that could be applied to [collectives, communities, networks] of people.

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