A roman reliquary.

When using the memory palace, one needs only to remember the symbols, after which the encoded information becomes unlocked like the chirograph which connects to its counterpart.

What remains when something is forgotten? The burial of a saint, the planning of a city, the moment captured within a photograph — each leaves traces. Bones, language, pixels. Untouchable relics. Structural artifacts that can be recombined and reused to conjure new meaning. In the tracing of a memory we change it and we’re released from the original image — we inscribe our own story. That’s what I’ve been investigating in Rome for six weeks and Memory palace is the result. It documents my work but it also stands separate from my process — it’s a container of artifacts for creating new images, for suggesting new stories. A meditative device, like a book of hours. It marks the end of my time in Rome but it’s very much a beginning. A presto!

Full description on the Memory palace project page.

Many more images of Memory palace on Flickr. And a PDF (3.4MB) of the entire book.

5 Comments

  1. Standing ovation!!!

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  3. Bravo — vicarious soulellis.com visits to Rome over the past six weeks have brought so much unexpected beauty, insight and inspiration to me — I cannot imagine what you have gained from this experience. Thank you for opening up the doors to your memory palace, so that we can continue to explore Rome in a new way (and to witness your creative process).

  4. Lovely and thought-provoking sequence. I especially like the option to observe some of the initial sequences rotated out of regular perception – handsome touch, reinforcing the cryptic aspect.

  5. A compelling article in today’s Times magazine about memory–and memory palaces!
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/02/20/magazine/mind-secrets.html?ref=magazine

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