Screen memories:the Dynamics of Forgetting
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The installation consists of a series of plexiglas screens and 35mm slide projectors. Each screen consists of a double-sided image representing a portion of the computer monitor, a fragment of a female body and a segment of text from Lacan’s Ecrits. These images are illuminated by a slide in the slide projector. The slide image then reflects off the plexiglas screens onto the wall behind them. The slide image on the wall is now in focus.

Screen Memories: the Dynamics of Forgetting proposes a psychological relationship between self and screen by suggesting that the computer terminal functions like the unconscious, or what Jacques Lacan, the French psychoanalyst refers to as - “a second structure.” Screen Memories uses the metaphor of the optical screen to explore unconscious desire and alludes to Freud’s use of the phrase, “screen memories” to describe the psychological compromise between repression and defense. This installation was inspired by a passage in Lacan’s Ecrits and I use a quotation from it in my installation. “...This is my body, the hysterical symptom reveals the structure of a language and is deciphered like an inscription” The meaning of this quotation now alludes to the computer’s language of encoding and decoding. My installation contemplates the way in which digital communications have altered our perceptions of the human body. I use the projection and reflection of images to refer to the conceptual processes of forgetting and remembering that informs Freud’s definition of screen memories. The reflected images that are in focus on the walls allude to Lacan’s Object a. Object a is defined as the cause of desire and signifies a welding together of loss and lack. This “pleasure in pain” is represented by the body parts that figure as thresholds between the inner and out world. However, in my installation I define Object a as the parts of the human body that produce speech and give voice. I do so to investigate Lacan’s contention that the pleasure of language represses the pleasure of the body.