Guest lecturer Vlad Basarab discussed his current research dealing with “The Archaeology of Memory” project. This lecture was sponsored by the Kimura Gallery.
Basarab on his project:
“The Archaeology of Memory” has been influenced by the loss of collective culture and memory. Memory is our only link to the past. In a fast-moving society with plenty of distractions, in a world of selfishness and individualism, we have forgotten to remember.
The past is our identity, our heritage. My work is an attempt to make my audience link the present to the past through questioning traditional methods of preserving and transforming collective memory.
By referencing historic attempts at cultural effacement with political, ideological and religious motivations, I comment upon the importance of preserving memory. The time-based works, presented both in real time as installation, performance and video, as well as in a time-lapse video, address different forms of memory loss.
About Vlad Basarab:
Vlad Basarab is a multimedia, performance and video artist who explores the interconnections between ideology and history. He interrogates grand narratives and invites viewers to consider their subjective involvement in the process of knowledge and memory construction.
Constantly revisiting the past and recreating it, Basarab frequently uses clay to design works that evoke bodily transformation and speak to the indelible traces left by historical events upon people’s consciousness.
Basarab was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1977. In 1994, he co-founded the art group Palnia (The Funnel), with whom he staged various performances and exhibitions. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an M.F.A. with an emphasis on electronic media from West Virginia University in Morgantown. His works have been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions in the U.S., Romania, Hungary and Peru.
You can read more about him at his website, basarab-art.com. This podcast was recorded Sept. 30, 2013.
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