Flashbulb: An Exhibition of Performance + Video + Sound

Panoply Performance Laboratory
October 8th, 2016
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
PPL’s Fall 2016 exhibitions

An exhibition of seven performances involving sound, projection and duration that relate to memory, particularly the contracting accuracy/inaccuracy of histories and how those affect our reality. 

The event, titled FLASHBULB, will feature Jose Garza, Valerie Kuehne, Judith G. Levy, Luke Mannarino/Crystal Bateman, Cris Schayer, Kledia Spiro, and Nathaniel Wyrick. CURATED BY Cris Schayer.

A flashbulb memory is a highly detailed, exceptionally vivid 'snapshot' of the moment and circumstances in which a piece of surprising and consequential (or emotionally arousing) news was heard. The term "flashbulb memory" suggests the surprise, indiscriminate illumination, detail, and brevity of a photograph; however flashbulb memories are only somewhat indiscriminate and are far from complete. Evidence has shown that although people are highly confident in their memories, the details of the memories can be forgotten.

Flashbulb memories have six characteristic features: place, ongoing activity, informant, own effect, other effect, and aftermath. Arguably, the principal determinants of a flashbulb memory are a high level of surprise, a high level of consequentiality, and perhaps emotional arousal.

These memories, often vivid yet inaccurate, often form lasting impressions on our selves and change who we are. In this we question the reality of our own histories.

José Garza: www.sentiwere.com,www.transversalproject.com
Valerie Kuehne: www.valeriekuehne.com 
Judith G. Levy: www.judithglevy.com
Luke Mannarino and Crystal Bateman: www.cargocollective.com/lmannarino
Cris Schayer: www.crisschayer.com
Kledia Spiro: www.klediaspiro.com
Nathaniel Wyrick: www.nathanielwyrick.com