The Mind Of A Mnemonist

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
March 23 – April 21, 1990

Exhibition view

 

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Mind Of A Mnemonist: To See, 1990 (far left) 
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood
48 x 48 cm each 

The Mind Of A Mnemonist: On Stage, 1990 (left) 
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 2 sheets of plywood, 1 photograph on Forex
48 x 48 cm each 

The Mind Of A Mnemonist: How to Forget, 1990 (center) 
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood, 1 filled wastepaper basket 
48 x 48 cm each 

The Mind Of A Mnemonist: Remembering, 1990 (right) 
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood, 1 photograph on Forex
48 x 48 cm each 

The Mind Of A Mnemonist: A Passer-by, 1990 (far right) 
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood, 1 photograph on Forex
48 x 48 cm each 

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

Exhibition view

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Mind Of A Mnemonist: Synesthesia, 1990
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood
48 x 48 cm each 

Photo © Lothar Schnepf
The Mind Of A Mnemonist: Memory Test, 1990
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood
48 x 48 cm each

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

The Mind Of A Mnemonist: A Memory Without End, 1990

1 sheet of Plexiglas, 2 sheets of plywood

48 x 48 cm each 

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

To See, 1990
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood
48 x 48 cm each 

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

On Stage, 1990 
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood, 1 photograph on Forex
48 x 48 cm each 

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

S. 1990
1 sheet of Plexiglas, 1 sheet of plywood, 1 photograph on Forex
48 x 48 cm each 

Photo © Lothar Schnepf

Original exhibition invitation (front)

Original exhibition invitation (back)

The Mind Of A Mnemonist

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Esther Schipper, Cologne
March 23 – April 21, 1990
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The Mind Of A Mnemonist


This exhibition was based on a book by a Russian neurologist, A.R. Luria, and it relates a true but tragic story of a man who had an extraordinary memory.

The first part of the exhibit (colored panels and black and white photos) narrated in a old-fashioned "Science Museum" style the different stages of this incredible memory and at the same time the problem it was for this man to live with this amount of information all the time, having no chance to take some distance, to analyze something, to think about it.

The second part (text only) - the visitor is guided by a red spiral shaped rope -  a questionnaire testing the person who has just seen the exhibit about what he has seen and thus bringing him progressively to think about his own memory.

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