Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

Esther Schipper

Do images register in our minds more readily than words? How do verbal and visual memories relate to each other? How can the expertise of a professional mnemonician help us to see and perceive? Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s work does not only approach such issues with respect to the viewing of art; her work directly embodies those operations. Entitled “The Mind of a Mnemonician,” this show attacked the usual modes of perception, such as the application of methods from other fields—psychoanalysis, philosophy, and sociology. The exhibition is a memory of memory experiments undertaken in the 1920s by A. R. Luria. A Soviet neuropsychologist, Luria studied the memory prodigy S. (S. V. Shereshevski), who earned his living by performing memory feats in public. Luria’s goal was to test the limits of memory and to establish a “theory” of memory.

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