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27 October 2015 KETCHUP DROOL

Alina Chaiderov
Before 1989 We Kept The Bananas In The Closet, 2014
Spaces Within (Separated from the Outside Air by Layer upon Layer of Protection), 2014
Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris

Matter, space, time and memory are the artistic research fields of Alina Chaiderov, who has created a corpus of sculptural works that are intuitively philosophical in nature. Her creations show the close relationship between present and past, inspiring her investigation – exploratory and autobiographical – against the backdrop of the epochal upheavals of the late twentieth century. […]

Before 1989 We Kept Bananas in the Closet eludes to a strictly political interpretation of the historical events of the Soviet Union and becomes the subject of theoretical speculation, an experiment in the active reproduction of the artist’s personal reminiscence as a way to verify her own past experience. In this process of tactile immersion in the ancestral space of memory, the artist’s urgency does not unfold in mimetic realism but in symbolic evocation, suggested by the forms and materials she has selected.
The focus of Chaiderov’s practice is thus the relationship between the psychological aspect and the physical one of experience, with memory at the core of the cognitive and creative process.

Iconic Turn: Prof. Dr. Semir Zeki, Neural Concept Formation and Art.
One of the main functions of the brain consists in the acquisition of knowledge. A key component of an efficient system of knowledge acquisition is the ability to abstract from the experience of a large number of frames, so that the brain does not receive the detail longer.

suggested by Valentina Lacinio

Alina Chaiderov
Before 1989 We Kept The Bananas In The Closet, 2014
Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris

Dominic O’Brien
Quantum Memory Power
How to Develop a Perfect Memory

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Dominic O’Brien is the eight times winner of the The World Memory Championships and has a number of entries in the Guinness Book of Records including the memorisation of 54 packs of shuffled cards after just a single-sighting of each card. How does he do it? What is his system and how can it help YOU remember names, faces, telephone numbers, pass exams, learn languages, win at Trivial Pursuit and clean up at the Blackjack table? How to Develop a Perfect Memory will show you in simple language and easy stages.


Henry Molaison, known by thousands of psychology students as “HM,” lost his memory on an operating table in a hospital in Hartford, in August 1953. He was 27 years old and had suffered from epileptic seizures for many years. […]

His global amnesia for new material was the result of the loss of both hippocampi, and meant that he could not learn new words, songs or faces after his surgery, forgot who he was talking to as soon as he turned away, didn’t know how old he was or if his parents were alive or dead, and never again clearly remembered an event, such as his birthday party, or who the current president of the United States was. In contrast, he did retain the ability to learn some new motor skills such as becoming faster at drawing a path through a picture of a maze, or learning to use a walking frame when he sprained his ankle, but this learning was at a subconscious level. He had no conscious memory that he had ever seen or done the maze test before, or used the walking frame previously.


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