Arendt Oak Speser, English
Here, nothing matters. I only wish I could remember this forever. --L. Rubinstein In the introduction to his Catalogue of Comedic Novelties, a work composed entirely of note cards, Lev Rubinstein writes: For me, each note card is a universal unit of rhythm, equalizing all movements of speech~Wwhether stanza of poetry, fragment of street conversation, pseudo-scientific aphorism, stage direction, interjection or simply silence~Wa blank card. This project suggests that our memory is composed of such note cards~Wsingle units, called mnemes (from the Ancient Greek), recollected in scores of permutations. Not confined to the written word, these mnemonic cards contain data from all of our senses. In particular, this project aims at mnemonic representation as sound, what is recorded and catalogued through auditory phenomena. Like memories, sounds are also compositional events, sonic happenings gathered together in wave form, moving across time and space. The idea is to isolate units of sound, phonemes (from the Greek phonema, which was not limited to phonetics), and interrogate the relationship between phonemes and mnemes. While phonetics and phonology will be a component of this project, the main objective is to expand the unit of a phoneme beyond communicable language and into the broader sonic register, that is, to create a catalogue of sounds that is progressively poetic. Using this poetic catalogue of sounds, various deconstructions and reconstructions will create a dialogue between sonic events and mnemonic representations. This dialogue is the performance outcome.