The Memory Canon (2014)

by Elisabeth Schimana

The individual voices of the canon are recorded on CD, memory cards, floppy disks, HD, magnetic tapes, MD, paper, parchment, vinyl, wax cylinders… and stored on shelves. They are the voices of Hades, eternal and yet frozen in their perishable media. Spread out in the room various devices – tape machine, CD player, computer, gramophone, MiniDisc player, MP3 player, phonograph, record player – wait for their playable memories, ready to extract their individual voices. The visitors are the actors who reproduce fragments of this canon in ever new variations and bring together the stored memories with the devices for reading and playing back. It will never be possible to hear this canon in its entirety, its perfect form, its ideal state, because destruction is inscribed in each reading. Do you hear me?