Performing the archive.
Mnemosyne was the Greek goddess who personified memory and presided over a pool of remembrance in Hades. The concept for this installation designed by Dorita Hannah with sound by Russell Scoones is to re-present fragments of 3 productions created between 2005 and 201 - Aarero Stone, Her Topia and Tongues of Stone - through a performance installation that engages with the mythical figure of Mnemosyne and her pool of remembrance. Through the use of objects, garments, suspended or embedded, choreographic gestures and sounds the installation both archives and animates memories and histories of these past productions. Carol Brown catalogues, maps and reconstructs phrases and artefacts suspended or embedded in the Fly-Tower (NZ's national pavilion), enfleshing these fleeting appearances with melancholic desire.
Mnemosyne was selected for inclusion in the National Exhibit for New Zealand at the Prague Quadrenniale for Performance Design and Space 2011 and was performed daily in the Veletztrni Palace. A preview of this event was held as part of the Visual Arts Programme for the Auckland Arts Festival 8-12th March 2011.
Premiere:16 June 2011
Premiere Venue:5-13th March Auckland Arts Festival 2011 15-26 June Prague Quadrenniale 2011
Dorita Hannah - Performance Design
Russell Scoones - Sound Design
Carol Brown - Choreography and Performance
Commissioned By:PQ National Exhibition Curators for New Zealand
Carol Brown in Mnemosyne