March 11th, 2015


"Memory Landscapes" Panel At Wiscon

I just did the Memory Landscape panel at Fogcon and it was great! People came up to me for the rest of the convention to talk about the panel. They gave me a lot to think about. It's about my new work in progress “Memory Landscapes", an iPad art project.

Please check it off on Wiscon 39 Programing if your interested. It's a the bottom of "Feminism and Other Social Change Movements" under "already staffed". We did it at the last Wiscon and the audience's comments and involvement were exciting and useful for my art.

"Photographer Laurie Toby Edison is working on a new digital project called “Memory Landscapes", a feminist visual memoir. Memory is a form of time travel through your own time line. A visual memoir takes you into the artist's time line and lets you choose your paths through their lives. She says, “I started thinking about memory, and how what is remarkable is not how much we forget, but how much we remember. I realized that my memories are not linear – because ‘inside the head everything happens at once.’ (Penelope Lively) Linear narrative is a useful construct, but it's not how we actually remember.

I want to re-engage with the memories of my life, to create an autobiographical visual memoir, to express the poetics of non-linear time. Memories are filtered, by who we are now, who we were then, and what has happened in between. We view our past through layers of memories, and the past is everything that happened except this moment. It will eventually be on Ipad app that creates an aesthetic of memory. On the panel, we will look at some of Laurie’s work in progress, and discuss the ways panelists and audience re-engage with memories of our own lives."

Panelists: Pat Murphy and Nisi Shawl are among my intellectual collaborators on the project. I'd also like to add a musician since music is an important part of memory."

Kim Stanley Robinson was superb on the panel at Fogcon and is interested in being on it at Wiscon.