faded memories 2018

Faded memories represent the fragility of human memory in a world surrounded by digital recordings. Made with expired films, these images provide a visual representation of how memory, captured by a mechanical apparatus, is altered by our contemporary society. Our vulnerability to remember is partly caused by the overwhelming flow of images taken daily and shared online. We take pictures all the time, unconsciously losing the ability to capture a souvenir in our mind by relying on the device. Faded memories is a visual encounter of how the development of the digital age has affected our way to memorise.

If you don’t share, were you really there? 2018

‘If you don’t share, were you really there?’ questions the behaviour of visitors in art museums through their use of mobile phone photography. The project draws a parallel between the physical absence of the tangible artwork and the transient life of a single image posted online. The photograph taken and shared disappears into an unprecedented flow of online images. Capturing and sharing a social media souvenir has become a priority for museum visitors, whose behaviour expresses their wish to see the most by spending the least amount of time in a specific space. This fast viewing experience generates an act of looking that prevents contemplation and is mostly encouraged by mass-consumptive, contemporary tourism that offers visits to countries, cultural institutions or sightseeing attractions the quickest way possible. This fast tourism incites individuals to capture the essential part of their trip by the quickest way possible: their mobile phones.

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Aurelie Crisetig



Aurelie Crisetig (b. 1992) is a Swiss photographer and visual artist. She uses photography as a tool to explore the alteration of human memory in a world overwhelmed by digital entities. Working both with film and digital photography, her works reflect on the constant use of mechanical recordings, especially in public and cultural places. After graduating with a BA in Art History and Film Studies, she completed an 8-week photography programme at the New York Film Academy in New York. In 2018, she graduated with an MA Photography from UAL: University of Arts in London.

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