Memories as Monuments

25 March, 2018

"One never steps into the same stream of consciousness twice."

Daniel Ackerman, Neurologist

 

 

Reading Ackerman's quote, I immediately recalled a memory of being in a Portsmouth lecture hall being taught Greek history.  I always remember Heraclitus.  Are memories merely things of the past?  Although events happened in the past that formed a memory, advancements in neuroscience are now proving that a memory - is in fact -an event happening in the present, within our brains.  Past memories are electrical signals recalled by the brain that are triggered by a present event you are having, these affect you and your brain in a certain way.  When a memory is recalled again in the future, it may involve parts of the present event you are experiencing too.  Your memories are like pebbles flowing through a stream that pick up particles along their journey - these define and make you unique.  Like nature, your brain is a continuously evolving stream of consciousness.  We have memories, some sad, some happy, some related to smell, and other to a specific locations.  The memories that are powerful to me, relate to my bodies experience of architecture.  Not limited to being within a building, the whole moment can be recalled through food, weather, a smell or the person I am with.  My memories are monuments to me.  I am lucky to be able to recall them so vividly.  This is why when I realize I am experiencing something beautiful, I exert all of my powerful to take it in.  I use memories frantically within my work, and try to re-enact them to make my clients lives richer.  The feeling of the light in a Baroque church, the temperature of the water in an ancient Jewish bath or the carved architrave detail around a Riad door, I have experienced these three things in a powerful way.  In a natural and uncontrolled way, the monuments are remembered and triggered by a specific project or client, I experience and animate them all over again and do everything to make them a reality now and in the future for other people.  I want to share my wonderful memories through the conduit of architecture to encourage more memories within other people.