Moments Within: Forgotten Feelings and False Memories

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Our identity, who we are, and what we do today is closely tied to our past or what we remember. But how trustworthy is our memory? Our recollections are fluid, subject to alteration every time they’re retrieved. That is, we don’t remember our past the exact same way each time. Moments Within explores memory deteriorating over time and the change in the way we retrieve a fading past, whether with natural memory loss or patients with Alzheimer’s. Using a 7-Tesla MRI scan of a brain as a poetic and practical tool, the continuously disfigured visualizations focus on the parts of the brain that are crucial in determining the stability of memory like the amygdala, hippocampus, and neocortex. As a one-channel video installation, Moments Within visualizes our cerebral vascular system as dreamlike landscapes in 3D space to create an immersive experience of remembering and forgetting.

Video: Moments Within

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Zeynep Abes is an artist and curator from Istanbul, Turkey, living in Los Angeles, USA. She studied film and interactive media at Emerson College, Boston, later getting her start at LACMA’s Art+Tech lab, Los Angeles creating AR installations. She then worked at the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Exhibitions and graduated from UCLA’s Design Media Arts MFA program, Los Angeles. Zeynep Abes is currently a Ph.D. candidate at USC’s Media Arts and Practice program, Los Angeles. She primarily works with archived media, photogrammetry, and immersive media. Her subjects revolve around identity, history, and memory. She is in pursuit of exploring the role artists play in preserving memories to navigate the alienation that arises from changing social environments.


Artist: Zeynep Abes
Moments Within was created during the “STEAM Imaging IV” residency program hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Medicine MEVIS in Bremen, Germany in collaboration with Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, the International Fraunhofer Talent School Bremen and the School Center Walle, Bremen and the UCLA ArtSci Center, Los Angeles, USA. Sound Designer: Arman Ataman. Special Thanks to Bianka Hofmann, Sabrina Tölken, Matthias Günther, Valentin Kraft, Susanne Diekmann, Victoria Vesna, Devin Embil.