dan browne

memento mori (Extended version) (2013)

HDV | 1'00'00"

"A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face." — Jorge Luis Borges

memento mori is a layered time-lapse exploration of the total photographs captured in a lifetime (over 100,000), inspired by the evanescent interactions of human memory with the archives that have come to pervade all spaces within the contemporary era. In resurrecting the past as moving light and shadows, images are blended to combine subjects, objects, percepts, dreams, and experiences, forming an encyclopedic index of sight at the speed of light. Constantly subject to transformation and flux, these fleeting impressions echo the acoustic nature of electric environments, wherein space is transformed from a fragmentary visual field into a pulsating, vibratory, and integrated sensory experience.