Nine artists study the memory in multimedia Persistence of Vision at FACT in Liverpool

By Mark Sheerin | 22 June 2010
A projected image falls across a woman who holds a mganifying glass up to the wall

(Above) A visitor enjoys Mizuki Watanabe's installation, In-Between Gaze (2010)

Exhibition: Persistence of Vision, FACT, Liverpool, until August 30 2010

With so many technologies for recording and archiving visual information, it is not clear whether our memories are better or worse as a result. Things we remember on hard drives do not necessarily stick in the mind.

A new show at FACT explores issues such as these, using photography, film and installation to relate forgetting and remembering to seeing and preserving.

Photographer Gebhard Sengmüller has completed a series of works based on so-called erasure coils, used by broadcasting companies to wipe the content of audio and video tape. He believes we should embrace they way these powerful electromagnets can forget events on an industrial scale.

Lindsay Seers, meanwhile, is concerned with overcoming amnesia and dramatizing the rehabilitation of her sister following a moped accident. Her sibling's interest in a real and imagined past is narrated in a "memory theatre" constructed at the show.

Elsewhere you can enjoy an instant memory of the present in a work by Mizuke Watanabe. Live footage of the viewer is projected onto the wall as he or she brings a magnifying glass up to focus the projection.

Nine artists feature in the multimedia show at FACT, which will without doubt improve your memory. An onsite laboratory developed with the University of Liverpool offers brain-training opportunities for the whole family.

Admission free. Open daily 10am-11pm (11am -10.30pm Sunday).

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