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.
"One never steps into the same stream of consciousness twice."
Daniel Ackerman, Neurologist