The word Anterograde means to extend forward. ‘Anterograde Amnesia’ occurs after a shock or trauma and stems the capacity to transfer new memories into long-term memory. The new looms up as hostile, fleeting, un-navigable and the sufferer is drawn back to the security of the old. An apt description of the impasse we seem to be living through at the moment, driven by Film, Television and Internet constructions of even our most recent history, causing constant minor shocks whilst often either neglecting, glorifying or simply embellishing the past.
This body of work links the Roman Empire of the 1st Century AD to the American Empire of today via the British Empire, the lands of which have served as an outpost and stepping stone to both. It forms an amalgamation of old and new, the decay of the past reflected in the present, breaking down constantly in order to move forward.
The history of the technology of image reproduction is traversed in the making of the imagery. Black and white film negatives are processed and contact printed in the darkroom then photocopied onto paper and dipped in wax. The waxed paper is digitally scanned and the resulting digital files are printed on fibre based paper. The resulting aesthetic alludes to memory, decay, technology and a nostalgic reading of the imagery, which refers directly to the process and material of their making; the process and material of photography
The memory of things is very soon overwhelmed in time - Emperor Marcus Aurelius
Time’s ruins build eternity’s mansions - James Joyce
The city no longer exists except as a cultural ghost for tourists - Marshall McLuhan