Linhuei Chen

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Acknowledged psychologist Richard C. Atkinson states that Memory is what we are, and what defines us as individuals in his research. It is widely recognized that human memory is not an exact reproduction of past experiences but an imperfect process prone to various kinds of errors and distortions.

 

Then, who are we and who am I?

 

The longer I live in the Netherlands, the stronger the calling to understand who I am and how diaspora experiences influence a family/home context through generations.

 

I’ve been dissecting the anatomy of my family memories and history to try to find the answer through the artistic process of my projects. Most of the time, I turn the materiality of childhood/home objects and the sound of my memories into painting installations or audio-visual installations. Homi Bhabha’s hybridity studies are the topic of my critical research. In 2020, I started to be interested in how memory itself forms and collective memories.

 

I question myself: Memory is what we are, but what is Memory? Can I build an artistic model of memory formation and could it be the solution for my questions mentioned above? With the training in engineering, I feel the necessity to build a model that can be convincing with the support of scientific models.

 

Compared to the traditional diaspora discourse which focuses on races and (post)colonization, I am more interested in the contemporary Diaspora. I wonder how global mobility will influence the collective memories of immigrant groups and how they shape the new environment. Even further, if we can digitize our memories to have a digital afterlife, how are these memories going to evolve? I think the digital beings will all live in diaspora in the digital afterlife. I developed the term "MEMORY DIASPORA" to emphasize “Memory” as the subject of diaspora. I hope the artistic model can provide a perceptible access to understand these questions.

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