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The Remembering of Mnemosyne (2021)
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The work presents the materialisation of imagining something after its disappearance. It questions what happens to a species after it is gone; What stories does it leave behind? How do we remember it?
Mnemosyne, or Parnassius mnemosyne, is an endangered butterfly species that is extinct in many areas due to the destruction of its forest habitats. The species is named after the Greek goddess of memory, Mnemosyne, whose name derives from the Greek word mnēmē, which means "remembrance” or “memory". The continuing disappearance of Parnassius mnemosyne could prove that the species is already the memory it was foretold to be.
The Remembering of Mnemosyne comes to life using Computer Generated Image and 3D-rendering, tools that enable us to imagine the unknown and make inaccessible stories and places available to vision. By blurring the lines between the familiar and foreign, reality and dream, we might still be able to see the Mnemosyne carry the light in the forest glade, or at least the memory of it.
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