THE BURROW OF EXISTENCE.
this is the project i did for my honours degree, where the the research component explores the significance of identity and memory within time and space. memory is not simply a collection of thoughts from the past, but viewed, for the purposes of this research, as a space which one can revisit in an attempt to better understand the process that contribute to personal identity.
the objective was to explore the importance of memory as it relates to identity, by employing theories of temporality and the notion of being. this study explores how the idea of narrative identity, governed by a temporal state and informed by memory, contributes to the notion of the self. for the purposes of this research the notion of temporality, according to heidegger, is primary to understanding being. temporality is linked to memory, past and present and thus contributes to our understanding of the self.
the practical component of the research is structured around the idea of a memoir. a memoir is understood as a publication wherein a writer communicates his/her understanding and experience of life through a collection of memories. the project represents a memoir but, instead of employing the written word, this collection comprises illustrations executed in black pen on paper. the medium contributes to the idea of noting down a memory.
memoir: the burrow of existence consists of four elements including an apparatus and three different books that take on the shape of boxes. the boxes signify an area of enclosed space to contain identity and memory. the idea of the box signifies a memory treasure box designed for sentimental safekeeping while the apparatus conveys how sequential images link to the notion of narrative identity. the practical project explores the notion of the narrative as an essential progression of self-interpretation.