A mark is a memory. Olivia Bartley
Our place in the world is determined by the marks we make, the marks we choose to illustrate our identity.
When a surface is marked by graffiti (or other) its surface has been altered. The graffiti mark has disrupted the existing visual environment. Even more so when that mark is removed a trace remains. Depending on the surface and removal agent depends on the remaining trace. This process is echoed in our memory.
‘A memory is anything that happens and does not completely unhappen. ‘The result is some trace which is left. The trace may last for a long time or it may only last for a short time. Information that comes into the brain leaves a trace in the altered behaviour of the nerve cells that form the memory surface.’ 3.
De Bono used the example of water dripping onto a jelly surface. Each drop creates an indent, which accumulates with new drops. In regards to identity, marks are used to personify our identities. Form is created, slightly changing and increasing in definition through the repetition and exploration of signifiers.
When we are projecting these signifiers that represent us, our identities become influenced by others perception, because it is in the minds of others that the surface of our identity exists in form. (Rather than in dot-to data like marks of signification within our own trajectories/perception.) Memory traces are first received as patterns that are organised into the memory surface.
The entirety of experience is catalogued into the mind through patterns. Instead of transferring whole information, the patterns of the memory surface can be triggered by; code heading/title, sensory detail; and most obviously language.
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