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Operating Memory II-Coerced Write
2001
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HSU Su-Chen
Operating Memory II-Coerced Write
2001
projecting apparatus
60'00''
01 / 10

Memory is the glue that holds our mental life together, and is the scaffolding of our personal histories. I have used this to re-relate my jottings about microbes from 17 years ago, and make new inquiries concerning experiences I wrote down in the past. In contrast with narrative memories, body experience begins with unfamiliarity and shifts to the imitative action of writing, rapidly awakens the intuition derived from the responses of every cell in the body. This kind of intuition lets me enter functioning apart from the subconscious. It is a way of entering the subconscious not involving "dreaming."

I simultaneously acted as experiment designer, operator, and experimental subject throughout the entire process. This process arouses the behavioral memories existing in nerve synapses. I originally planned to copy 120 pages in the experiment, and I incidentally recorded a minute's worth of images (the video camera was hung in front of me, letting me freely control it) as I copied each page. But I lost control of my mood before I had gotten halfway, and repeatedly writing it seemed to have become an act of violence. I forced its way from my intuition into my latent flow of consciousness, bearing witness to a biological reality beyond our mental powers of reflection.

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HSU Su-Chen, 2008, Installation Art , Painting
HSU Su-Chen, 2009, Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2006, Photographic Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2009, Photographic Art , Installation Art , Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2002, Performance Art , Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2009, Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2007, Photographic Art , Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2009-2010, Installation Art , Painting
HSU Su-Chen, 2003, Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2009, Photographic Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2001-2002, Installation Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2008, Installation Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2006-2009, Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2004, Photographic Art , Installation Art , Video Art
HSU Su-Chen, 2007, Installation Art , Video Art