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Using children’s modelling dough to recreate famous photographs, Eleanor Macnair’s colourful portraits provide a playful twist on well-known masterpieces. ‘I had no idea,’ she says, ‘that Play-Doh could emote’. (via Posed in Play-Doh - in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian)

Chris Marker: “My working hunch was that any memory, once it’s fairly long, is more structured than it seems. That after a certain quantity, photos apparently taken by chance, postcards chosen according to a passing mood, begin to trace an itinerary, to map the imaginary country that stretches out before us. By going through it systematically I was sure to discover that the apparent disorder of my imagery concealed a chart, as in the tales of pirates. And the object of this disc would be to present the ‘guided tour’ of a memory, while at the same time offering the visitor a chance for haphazard navigation. So, Welcome to ‘Memory, Land of Contrasts’ – or rather, as I’ve chosen to call it, ‘Immemory’.” (via Immemory by Chris Marker - Chris Marker)

Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom, by The Caretaker. This 1999 album is a forerunner to the current wave of “hauntological” music, and was apparently inspired by the haunted hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980).

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"More than anything, Boards Of Canada’s aesthetic posture seems to have come back into vogue. ‘Nostalgic’ appears to have become critical shorthand for a very particular set of sonic criteria: melodic music, often of a postmodern disposition, that has been degraded or obscured to some degree. It’s now de rigeur for producers born in the mid-1990s to reference long-defunct technologies (tape hiss, mildewy timbres) as a means of articulating yearning, as if the vocabulary of wistfulness was fixed during the Age of the Betamax. I’d argue that Boards Of Canada – as a result of their popularity as well as their talent – did more than anyone else to codify the way in which contemporary listeners understand nostalgia." (via The Essential… Boards Of Canada – FACT magazine: music and art)

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"Most hauntological music has taken a playful approach to the past. Ghost Box’s nostalgic avant-electronica has appealed to more esoteric and largely British tastes, but Burial, Broadcast and The Focus Group’s Witch Cults Of The Radio Age (2009) and, more recently, Demdike Stare’s pulp-horror beats and library loops, have opened the pool of references and aesthetics out to a wider audience." (via Hauntologists mine the past for music’s future - Boing Boing)

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Darran Anderson: Where, when, why is Scarfolk?
Richard Littler: Scarfolk is a town stuck in a perpetual loop of the 1970s. It’s in the northwest of England, but it could be almost anywhere in Britain. I created it because I’m in interested in, amongst other things, memory and how it changes. Memories are relative; they give the illusion of objectivity, but of course they’re actually highly subjective, dynamically so, and are defined as much by the changing present as the past. I initially wanted to preserve my earliest childhood memories before I lose them completely. I wanted to create an archive of sorts. But I’m also a bit like that Spanish woman who botched the Ecce Homo painting and created ‘potato Jesus’ – I fill in the inevitable gaps in memories and ultimately create something different to a ‘restoration’. (via Features - Honest Ulsterman)

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"To meet the demands of the video-obsessed horror consumer — many of whom weren’t even born when VCRs were in their heyday — several distributors are releasing (or rereleasing) selected ’80s titles on VHS as well as DVD… Dan Kinem, who writes for a blog devoted to VHS culture, said the terrible quality of VHS ‘works well’ for the horror genre. ‘You just don’t get the same feeling in a pristine print of a DVD’, Mr. Kinem said.

Felicity Sargent (vogue.com): “Every Throwback Thursday, Instagram becomes a carnival of nostalgia. Pictures from the pasts of people we know—when they were captains of lacrosse teams, counselors in training, baby ballerinas; when they were wearing leotards before American Apparel existed, scrunchies, overalls, anything that has been mentioned in one of those viral eighties and nineties BuzzFeed quizzes (c’mon, you know you’ve caved and taken at least one).”

"In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first ‘SUPER’ computer with a hard disk drive (HDD). The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5 MB of data." (via » 5MB Hard Disk Drive | retronaut.com )

Creative Memory Projects

Here is a small sampling of creative memory projects from Memory and Media, 2010-2011:

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