AM AFRAID TO NOT FORGET
CD (type-7 plastic, aluminium, silver, gold), mirror, digital print, HD video 18”14’ loop Dimensions variable
Open Studio, at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut / Lebanon
(On going project)I am afraid to (not) forget incorporates an experimental procedure resulting in the loss of the materiality of memory - in this case, CDs - as a starting point for reimagining the relationship between materiality and thought, the human and the non-human. The new forms, materials, and sculpting techniques are inspired by the Mineral Museum in Beirut. The process involves research and open-ended experiments on the memory of materials, objects, and environments with the aim of examining how digital media modifies social dynamics and rituals. It maintains a focus on the processes through which obsolete memory technologies are destroyed and their traces are erased, as well as on how memory is recorded, replaced, or deleted. One outcome of this process (comprising such actions as burning and tearing) is a multitude of pseudo-geological, crystalline disfigurations titled “MEMORY BURN.” Through gestures of destruction, what is created is a new, memory-laden object.