Mnemonic Present, Unfolding #7
Elena Cologni
Brief description of the work:
In the performance, Cologni overlays narrated memories, video recordings, delayed video and the live event in such a way that the borders between the past and present become erased.
Materials, dimensions, duration:
Live performance using video projectors, DVD recorder with HDD video deck, cctv camera, video camera, rolls of paper
Location (venue & dates, public/ private):
Shown as part of Wormhole Salon II, Fri 17th March 2006 Whitechapel Art Gallery. Wormhole Salon was part of the [node] London festival.
Audience information (size, mode of participation):
The audience follows live action, documentation footage and a live CCTV playthrough. Similar to Performer/ Audience/ Mirror by Dan Graham, individual audience members are addressed by the performer.
Other information (reviews, collaborators, funders):
Small Grant For The Creative And Performing Arts, Arts and Humanities Reseach Council
Floorplan, scheme:

Visual/ audio-visual reference:
Cologni folding paper on stage
Key theme(s):
intense awareness of physical presence; awareness of illusion of consciousness and limitation of perception; dislocation
Further context:
View from the stage into the audience, audience members follow a video projected to their right

Mnemonic Present questions notions of liveness and presence by 'allowing manipulation of documentation in the live event to be the performance's opening stage rather than its point of closure' (Cologni online).