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Forget Me Not

August 10, 2015
Memory Burns

Humankind has been captivated by the multiplicities of memory for, well, as long as we can remember. From the ancient Greeks, whose goddess of commemorating, Mnemosyne, was revered as mother of the creative Muses, to great modern thinkers like Freud and Jung, the art of recalling – or not, as the case may be – has proven irresistible. Joining them on a voyage into the subconscious is French philosopher, art historian and curator George Didi-Huberman, the man behind OCAT Institute’s unforgettable inaugural exhibition, Memory Burns.  
 
Although primarily a non-profit research centre, Beijing’s brand spanking new contempo art locale – which sits under the Shenzhen-based OCAT Museum Group – aims to facilitate dialogue between China and the outside world through interaction with international establishments. Its approach is tri-fold; through publication, archives and exhibition. 
 
The very first showcase comes courtesy of memory man Didi-Huberman, who has long been fascinated by the relationship between image and time. To help him dig deep into our psyches, he has called upon four aesthetic talents – German filmmaker Harun Farocki, French visual artist Pascal Convert, Austrian historiographer Arno Gisinger and art historian Aby Warburg – each of whom posits on the profundities of representing moments or memories in their art. Enduring stuff. 

Until 11 Oct, 2015.

OCAT Institute / Jinchanxi Lu / Chaoyang / 10am-5 pm Tue-Sun / ocatinstitute.org.cn

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