Threads drawn from the past, towards a digital future...
Threads drawn from the past, towards a digital future... is a combination of a boxed set of postcard images with narrative text passages and family artefacts, and a website. The set of postcards (unlike the pages in a traditional book) are like a deck of cards which have no prescribed order. They can be reshuffled and read in randomly created sequences.
The website of Threads drawn from the past, towards a digital future... incorporates the text and images featured in the printed postcards, as well as many more pictures from old family slides. The non-linear nature of memory is referenced in the website with a chequerboard of links to random stories (remembered memories). Chronology is dispensed with, and linkages between stories are eclectic; by words or phrases, or a colour, a smell, a taste, the picture of a toy, etc...
Unlike a book, stories can be added to the website, as forgotten memories resurface over time.
Family memories and an extensive collection of ‘Kodak moments’ on slides form the basis for this work. The stories are my memories, augmented in many cases by questions to my mother, (the repository of our family memory-archive and our link to our past).
Unfortunately my mother is now suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. It is with this in mind, that this work takes on greater meaning for me.