Bi-bli-o-logia: The Book as Body

Curators: Drorit Gur Arie, Raphael Sigal 26.11.2015 - 26.3.2016

Inspirations (loosely edited field notes)
Wandering in the art of memory and forgetfulness
A castle surrounded by water
Moat (Lethe)

Anne-Laure memorizes Mishima (The Sailor Who Fell
from Grace with the Sea)

The murmuring of words
Eve writes herself out of the scenario to follow the story
with her camera

From The Art of Memory by Frances Yates:
“in the Middle Ages ... the practitioner of the Ars notoria gazed
at figures or diagrams curiously marked and called ‘notae’
whilst reciting magical prayers ... The Ars notoria is perhaps
a bastard descendant of the classical art of memory, or
of that difficult branch of it which used the shorthand
notae. It was regarded as a particularly black kind of magic
and was severely condemned by Thomas Aquinas.”

From Lethe: The Art and Critique of Forgetting by Harald
“... it is not only a question of what we can—with or
without art—remember and what we may perhaps,
or perhaps not, forget. This leads immediately to the
question whether and to what extent the functions of
memory and forgetting are under our control at all, that
is, whether we can in fact remember or forget what to the
best of our knowledge and belief we want to remember
or forget.”
(Translated by Steven Rendall)

Notes after The Book of Memory by Mary Caruthers:
Soviet neuropsychologist Luria Sheresheveski, referring
to himself in the third person as S., converted words into
vivid mental images in orderly row or sequence. “He
would take a mental walk along that street.”