Alexandra Santos – Space and memory

How would you personally describe the relationship between space/place and memory?

In my art practice there is a concomitant relation to virtual spaces in which virtual characters inhabit, and by synchronicity my performative actions are the result of the relationship between my subconscious processes with the physical spaces in which I perform. These spaces have history, hence they are imbued with accumulated memories in which I can draw departure points of common interest.
By virtual spaces I mean the spaces of dreams and the memory of those oneiric events which, I defy to distinguish from what it is referred to as real events, not referring merely to interpretative aspects. This question may be more associated to matters of psychology, studies in consciousness and the human brain, as in the cases reported by Oliver Sacks, in which patients often report comical experiences due to brain dysfunction.
There is also the anthropological approach where the idea of space and accumulated cultural memories define the borders of land and race. This partitioning also applies to a subject I take great personal interest, that is, to distinctions between species, where “nature and I” seem to occupy different spaces.
Enacting and performing a series of gestures to encompass a condensed idea, brought forward by subconscious processes in any limited physical space brings forward the surreal experience, and it may feel particularly uncanny as it is placed outside the conscious realm of each individual observer.
Rather than a form of escapism the performative experience where one plays with space, place and memory is akin to the shaman that interweaves dreamscape with reality creating a valve of relief from suppressed communal tension.