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Produced at the American Academy in Rome in January and February 2011, Memory Palace is a book object that documents three desire lines structural guides that resonate and conjure meaning. They demonstrate three ways to explore Rome:The rioni neighborhood lines of 1744 (boundaries)The 13 bridges crossing the Tevere river, a geographical line (a cut)The scavi or excavations below Rome, i.e., the story of Saint Peters bones (place-based narratives)Each desire line presents a tension the crazy friction when time, geography and story rub up against each other.But the book is also a container for memories (my past, Romes) a non-space to store objects, associations and meaning. An imaginary structure to contain the artifacts: desire lines, relics and maps. Its like a reliquary, housing both the remains of lost memory (clues to past experiences) as well as new material.As a photographic investigation, Memory Palace asks if the image can evoke real meaning, or if this is an impossible task. Like a relic a holy fragment that stands for the whole (and retains all of its power) can a single pixel open up new dimensions for exploring the image? What kind of faith is required to investigate the photograph?http://soulellis.com/projects/memory-palace/

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Paul Soulellis

Memory palace

Memory palace A Roman reliquary

When using the memory palace, one needs only to remember the symbols, after which the encoded information becomes unlocked like the chirograph which connects to its counterpart.Memory Palace A Trace Study. Erin Mizrahi.

Desire line 1

Ponti Margherita Cavour Umberto I SantAngelo Emanuele II Principe Mazzini Sisto Cestio Garibaldi Fabricio Palatino Sublicio

Desire line 2

Rioni I Monte II Trevi III Colonna IV Campomarzio V Ponte VI Regola VII Parione VIII S. Eustachio IX Pigna X Campitelli XI S. Angelo XII Ripa XIII Trastevere XIV Borgo

Desire line 3

Scavi Rotonda Drain A Roman phobia A burial place A small but richly decorated tomb A memorial shrine A crucifixion Anamnesis

Relics

Panacea

Chain monstrance Relics 1100 Relics 120

Drain monstrance Relics 1100 Relics 120

Name monstrance Relics 1100 Relics 120

Afterimages

Chain Drain Name

Texts

Unconscious Cities. The persistence of memory: organism, myth, text. Philip Kuberski. University of California Press, 1992. Memory Palace A Trace Study. Erin Mizrahi. http://goo.gl/O73Zt (On relics) Gregory of Tours (539-594): History of the Franks: Books IX Introduction by Earnest Brehaut from his 1916 translation. derealization. Jon Beasley-Murray. http://goo.gl/Hgmng Rioni: The Districts of Rome. Allan Ceen and Jim Tice http://nolli. uoregon.edu/rioni.html Freuds Italian Journey. Laurence Simmons. Editions Rodopi B.V., 2006. http://goo.gl/B3Ggi The Tomb of St. Peter. Margherita Guarducci. Hawthorn Books, 1960. http://goo.gl/eP7j7 Freud and the Figure of Moses: The Moses of Freud. Harold P. Blum. Reading Freuds Reading. Edited by Sander L. Gilman, et. al. New York University, 1994.

Paul Soulellis American Academy in Rome February 2011