Most of us collect objects as reminders and memory triggers of experiences, and often pair them with photographs or videos. The objects and the memories they trigger are important in how we see ourselves and how we develop our identities – personal or cultural. As the images and objects accumulate they also become part of the emotional (and physical) weight we carry.
As time goes on, memories become blurry and start to blend together. We start to establish common threads, and see themes among these experiences – even if these threads are not intentional. This creates not only a loss of clarity, but also allows the memories to be rewritten with each telling.
This interactive work, ‘Round and Round With Memories,’ is made up of a bike, a co-pilot extension, and a tail. Some parts are painted over with blackboard paint, and covered with various memento objects, which some of them are also painted with blackboard paint. The red painted “trackers” allow viewers to see additional objects, more ephemeral ones, through an augmented reality app.
Audiences are invited to ride the bike (when it is not locked,) write on the blackboard painted objects with chalk, and explore the ephemeral digital objects and word games. To view the digital objects please scan the trackers by using the free Augment app that can be downloaded from any app store.
About the artist:
Eden Ünlüata – Foley is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and designer based in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Middle East Technical University (Turkey,) a MFA degree in Graphic Design from Bilkent University (Turkey,) and a MA degree from Department of Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago.
His artworks investigate the formation of cultural identity and its relationship to place, the sense of belonging, and personal narrative. His primary medium is interactive installations – digital and physical. He continues to exhibit locally and internationally.