Tonight: The Substance of Memory

– by Emma Schrader

Emily Hornum uses photography, installation and new media to examine changing practices of documenting family life. The artist’s latest show, The Substance of Memory, incorporates an astounding collection of family slides and photographs numbering in the thousands. The exhibition is part of the visual arts line up for Fringe World Festival and opens tonight the 29th of January at Spectrum Project Space.

The large entry room of the gallery is divided into two parts and peppered with collected objects, intricate sculptures, photographs and digital projections with analogue sources. After discovering an interactive installation, I came upon a darkened projection room and later a narrow corridor with a row of headphones. The Substance of Memory is broad in execution, yet the work consistently makes connections with human memory prone to deteriorate and forget.

There are a few poignant photographs that caused me to stop and consider how, and if at all, family records are able to bring an unknown past into contact with the present. Be prepared for something like a family slide-show night, when towering silhouettes of a much younger Mum or Dad were projected onto the lounge-room wall.

Opening Night: Tonight Thursday 29 January 5pm – 8pm

Location: Spectrum Project Space 

Artist Talk: 6 February 2pm

Exhibition ends: 8 February

Website: Fringe World

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