The "Camera Obscura" - Decoding and Reprocessing of Memories is a digital and analog installation with the content used as a result of an essay on the recovery of memories in people who have suffered Post-Traumatic Stress or patients in neurological cognitive rehabilitation using it as the main basis from treatment to photography, based on the studies of Vilém Flusser and the theory of "Camera Obscura"

The experimental essay “Camera Obscura” - Decoding and Reprocessing Memories is part of the transdisciplinary research, involving photography, noise, physics, neuroscience and psychology, about the recovery of memories through photography and its decoding.

Photographic image methods - and the image itself - have an important role in therapeutic applications in trauma such as those used in the EMDR technique (Desensitization and reprocessing through eye movements), or those used in the techniques of Psychodrama or in cognitive and rehabilitation neurological disorders of patients, such as psychotics, whose outbreaks suggest as a cause and association of brain damage and chronicity involving memory loss, regardless of the patient's neuroplasticity, thus considering more severe cases such as Alzheimer's disease.

Analyzing the temporality of memory through photography as a method of documenting memories and consequently a desensitizing act since memory, although documented, can be subjective and questionable, it is possible to consider the decoding of photography as a projection of the mathematical logical linearity of primitive communication, being an evolution of the noise delivered in a primate communication that proceeds the gestural (the performance - characterizing in art) and consequently the image, a technical evolution or the codification of the image.

(...) “The traditional image is produced by a gesture that abstracts the depth of the circumstance, that is, by a gesture that goes from the concrete towards the abstract. Techno-image is produced by a gesture that regroups points to form surfaces, that is, by a gesture that goes from the abstract towards the concrete ”, Vilém Flusser

In this project, experiments on desensitizing processes using photographs and installations that suggest the recovery of memories are proposed. These installations start from the assumption that communication is intuitive and if we go back to the primitivism of communication, starting from the gestural (performance) and noise / symbols (decoding the documentary photographic image) we can arrive at basic principles of human memory, including, thus, a dialogue more simplified within pathologies and disorders associated with memory loss, therefore, the development of this research is mainly a parallel alternative, using photography in psychiatric, psychological and neurological treatments.


“If we consider the input and output sides of the imagination, we can understand the meaning of the images. They are surfaces that fix and publish visions of the circumstance passed through the sieve of a myth ”, Vilém Flusser.

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