Martha [Alzheimer’s Machine III] is a series of short artist films, photographs and installation works with intersecting narratives that explore the effect Alzheimer’s disease has on the way we see, interpret and understand the world around us through the eyes of Martha, a fictional character living with AD.
Lapse is a work built around this character, and focuses on a specific place: Martha’s garden; significant to Martha and connected to a number of personal memories shared with her daughter. Lapse uses this place and her experiences within it as a way to explore the impact Alzheimer’s has on the way she understands and remembers space and the difficulty she has separating the past and present; reality and artifice. It draws a parallel between two environments – the garden itself, shot in a real outdoor location, and a constructed interpretation of the space built from scaffold, debris netting and smooth black wood paneling, dressed with a combination of real and artificial foliage.
The work itself will be projected onto this constructed stage across multiple screens integrated into the set. Through the footage projected onto the screens, elements of the set will appear to change, move and disappear. Through a de-construction of the replica garden environment around Martha over the course of the video, Lapse simulates her decline in spatial memory. Brief glimpses of the ‘real’ environment are juxtaposed with the replica, with the imagery and the mix of material, digital and immaterial creating a sense of uncertainty around what is real and what is not.
Through a mosaic of personal memories and sound design, the audio will create a sense of temporal disorientation, collapsing great stretches of time into a single continuous stream of memory.
Lapse will be made with support from Random Acts Network Centre North and will be exhibited in early 2018.