emma kay remembers/makes up historical stories

Emma Kay confronts us with our culture’s desire to pinpoint an individual who can embody and authenticate the ideal of encyclopedic knowledge. Highlighting the effort and absurdity of flexing the mind muscle, she discloses the humor and beauty of its inescapable limitations. She explores the capacity to retrieve knowledge from memory in works like Shakespeare from Memory and The Future from Memory in order to address the fantasy of the human capacity to acquire universal knowledge.

Very interested in this approach, she has done work like. listing al the objects as they appear in War and Peace 2,117 of them...this memoring and ordering of the contents of text is a fabulous strategy for underlying what its made up of...

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