Plato warned of the dangers of the written word, as books would implant forgetfulness and strip man of memory. No longer would remembrances come from within but rather from external sources.
If books stripped us of memory, what remains in this digital age where all things are written and recorded? I propose we are left with our internal voice, a verbal stream of consciousness of thinking only in words.
In Losing Oneself, participants were asked to rediscover online correspondences revolving around the phenomenon of love. Later, participants were recorded as they read these conversations aloud.
In the gallery participants became performers and placed speakers in their mouths to amplify these recordings. The participants become trapped between previously unspoken past and the audience. This configuration required audience members to cross the line of conventional proximity in order to hear the lucid versions of these stories. Losing Oneself addresses questions of intimacy and memory in this digital age where all things are recorded.