Cognition Trish Clark
Anamnesis : Tim Gruchy
Anamnesis: the recollection or remembrance of the past; reminiscence.
In philosophy, it is a concept in Plato's epistemological and
psychological theory that he develops in his dialogues Meno and Phaedo,
and alludes to in his Phaedrus.
It is the idea that humans possess knowledge from past incarnations and
that learning consists of rediscovering that knowledge within us. This
ties interestingly to some of the thinking around epigenetics.
A selection of vintage slide projectors evoke personal family histories
and address processes of memory in a more general way. The objects of
projection themselves - as industrially manufactured items from the
first half of last century - evoke an analogue era now long-past.
Notions of slide shows are cause for reminiscing family and educational
presentations to a certain generation. The aesthetics of the images
denote an archaeological or archival classification. Immediate cultural
narratives are triggered.
The very chemistry of film emulsion undergoes a relentless
decomposition, just as human memory decays. This is particularly acute
when tracked across complex multicultural and multigenerational
histories so common in relatively recently colonised parts of the world
given that the work’s making was inspired by a small slide projector
found in Ooty in Tamil Nadu, the city where my father was born. This
work gathers these tangential ideas and personal histories and offers
an immersive meditation on memory, redundant technology and imaging.
Anamnesis from Tim Gruchy on Vimeo.v
All images by Tim Gruchy & Sam Hartnett