Memory Is an Antimuseum

1454 WordsFeb 25, 20186 Pages
The memory is an antimuseum, an invisible art that transforms each individual. It is ever developing, much related to spaces, in fact, memory is strictly related to spaces. They are formed in context of space and time, as I will later develop. Ever since the notion of memory came to be it was closely related and developed and explained using places, spaces, buildings. The perfect metaphor for memories is the city. The memory starts from something simple and by cumulating information it develops and grows. This metaphor connects the idea of memory and Architecture on a different, deeper level that normal. There are moments in history that are better recollected form the ruins of sculptures or of buildings than from the written stories. Greeks we’re the ones to invent the art of memory, then it passed, like all the other arts, on to Rome and into European tradition. The technique was to impress “places” and “images” in to memory. At its time, a trained memory was of great value. Frances Yates describes the process in the book The Art of Memory: the process begins with imprinting on the memory a series of loci and places through the mnemonic type of place system. The person travels through a building a creates memories in the form of images that he stores in his mind, then he has to describe the visited place in the same sequence and with as many details as possible. “The soul never thinks without a mental picture” Aristotle Merot describes the memories as being strictly

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