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The Skinning of Memory: Mediating The Real

Though as a child I shared in my family’s communal television experiences, I also came to experience my own personal interpretations (memories) of such events, which I have come to call the televised real.

An example of this televised real happened one night when I snuck downstairs from my bedroom, as I often did, to greet my father’s late night arrival from work, usually around ten at night.

The Skinning of Memory: Vertebrae, Part 2 (VP2) – Memories

Personal memories played a key role in the development of VP2. One such memory involved watching my mother knit. I remember on many a occasion, glancing over from my schoolwork, and being drawn to her subtle, yet precise gestural movements of her hands – magically weaving dollies, scarves, and sweaters for hours on end.

The Skinning of Memory: (VP2) – The Medium of Television

An overview of how the medium of Television plays out in the Vertebra, Part 2: The Skinning of Memory (VP2) installation : Plurality of Moments : The philosopher Henri Bergson in his seminal work Matter and Memory states that “however brief we suppose any perception to be, it always occupies certain duration, and involves consequentially an effort of memory which prolongs one into another a plurality of moments” (25).


Me/di/at/ed – Naccarato: We occupy space and there seems no getting around it. For the most part, our occupation of space revolves around prescribed rituals – performative and repetitive actions which define our personal, social and cultural identities.

Object File #02, Democracy of Objects Project, Naccarato, 2014

On one of my many ritual walks around the St. Henri hood (Sud-Ouest, Montreal), I’d come across an array of objects scattered along the streets, alleyways or in someone’s backyard. Some of these objects were still intact and recognizable, while others were in the process of partial decay – still hinting as to their past purpose.

And there were still others which had been busted up so bad – removed from their original material body, that their physical presence had become a sort of abstracted entity onto themselves. However, what all these objects seemed to have common, was that they had been either rejected, lost, or left behind – their purpose served?