Memories as Material

Untitled, 2015.

Untitled, 2015.

The 31st is no more than the end of any other day, right? Yet there's the weight of the last few days of the year. The close of the year somehow insists for reflection and memories to resurface.

I came across several films and photographs this week where the makers used memories as surrogates or vehicles to communicate their story. Memories are a tricky material: they can fall easily too deep into nostalgia, become disingenuous with too much emotion. They can also, when used adeptly, poignantly convey the most important details and release a viewer from linear time. Memories can be a means to fully immerse one in the depth of specific moments.

However you choose to acknowledge and remember the year, I wish you a happy and healthy 2019. I intend to end the night with a small closing ceremony - a simple toast made and sealed with a few sips of decent whiskey. Celebrate and rest well.