Exhibition: 7th to 16th November 2022
Zeynep Abes, Turkish media artist and graduate of UCLA's Design Media Arts MFA program, exhibits Moments Within: Forgotten Feelings and False Memories. The video installation is the outcome of her residency »STEAM Imaging IV« at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS, Germany.
Our identity, who we are, and what we do today are closely tied to our past or what we remember. But how trustworthy is our memory? Our recollections are fluid, subject to alteration every time they're retrieved. That is, we don't remember our past the exact same way each time. Moments Within explores memory deteriorating over time and the change in the way we retrieve a fading past, whether with natural memory loss or patients with Alzheimer's.
Using a publicly available 7-Tesla MRI scan of a brain as a poetic and practical tool, the continuously disfigured visualizations focus on the parts of the brain that are crucial in determining the stability of memory, like the amygdala, hippocampus, and neocortex. As a one-channel video installation, Moments Within visualizes our cerebral vascular system as dreamlike landscapes in 3D space to create an immersive experience of remembering and forgetting.
STEAM Imaging IV was hosted by Fraunhofer MEVIS in collaboration with Ars Electronica, Linz, AT, the International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen, the School Center Walle, Bremen, DE, and the UCLA ArtSci Center, Los Angeles, US. The residency program allowed artist Zeynep Abes to engage in intensive exchange with Fraunhofer MEVIS experts to examine current methods, developments, and results of research in their works critically. A key component of the program was the shared encounter with school students and their parents from the School Center Walle.
After the opening reception on the 7th, the show will be open for viewing by appointment only.
Contact for appointments: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Panel: 15th November 2022, 10:00 am PST, 13:00 EST, 19:00 CET
The exhibition will be complemented by the open online panel »Approaching Memories with MRI: An Artistic View on Neuro-Imaging« on the 15th November, 10:00 am PST, 13:00 EST, 19:00 CET.
Zeynep Abes will explore in an open discussion with Matthias Günther (Professor for MR Physic and Institutes Deputy Director Fraunhofer MEVIS), the topic of remembering and new ways of diagnosing Alzheimer's diseases.