Stigmart VIDEOFOCUS 6th edition Special Issue

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Scott F. Hall and Freya Strata (Fleeting Memories), a pixilation video with stereo sound created by Scott F. Hall and Freya Gustava, explores complex and layered modes through which humans interact with individual and collective memory. A solitary female figure stands inside and around the famous, classicizing Penshaw monument where she variously interacts with a free standing mirror: aesthetic shorthand for the concept of memory. The mirror suddenly appears and disappears in certain frames, changes location around the young woman, chases her, or is

chased by her. Their interaction metaphorizes memory as more than desire: memories can haunt, they spring to the surface of the mind uninvited, and they persist when pushed away. A second layer of this interaction reveals that the woman's pursuit of the mirror is simultaneously performed by the viewer. As the mirror constantly shifts in relation to *her*, so *she* continuously changes position in respect to the viewer. This parallel perspective offers a twofold meditation on the nature of memory:

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