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Déjà Vu

MATERIALS

Micron Pens on Acetate and Museum Board, Wire Mesh, Thread

DIMENSIONS

24 × 11.5 × 16 inches

Déjà vu: unpredictably predictable, an intangible glitch.

'The Hologram Theory' suggests that memories are stored as holograms: although coherent as a whole, memories are made up of much smaller, fuzzier parts. However, any fragment of the whole can be used to recreate their entire 3D image. Déjà vu is said to occur when a detail of our present environment (a sight, a sound, a smell, etc.) is similar to a remnant of a past memory. Our brain then recreates the entire scene from that fragment, even though it isn't really happening again.

This piece materializes this theory. When parts of a present event are similar to fragments of a past memory (the red shapes corresponding to the base panel), our brain (the wire mesh layer) imposes the remainder of the past memory (the base panel) onto the present (the top acetate panel).

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