Reconfiguring Memory, 2012
Conference table: Photograph, Laminated Glass, Stainless Steel, LED light
A permanent installation, the result of a two-year collaboration between Shuli Sadé and Dr. André Fenton, Professor at the Center for Neural Science at New York University, at the Neurobiology of Cognition Laboratory. The 15 x 5 foot conference table is made of 4 photographic glass panel fragments of a single photograph of A New York City nightscape, incorporating urban and natural visual textures. Pixels are digitally removed from the photograph, signifying the stochastic loss and gain of information that is fundamental to memory storage. Architectural elements appear as immunoblots, a biochemical research technique that is routinely used for revealing the molecules that store and regulate memory. Striping in the images resembles the raster displays used to represent electrical discharge of neurons within brain networks.