THIS CLOUD MAY BURST ed. Shalmali Shetty
125 x 190mm, 44 pages, full colour printing, perfect bound, 2020
It was May 2020 – I had already spent two months of the lockdown living alone in my room. Much of my thoughts were centred around a future I had anticipated and the sudden disruption of that very sense of a future. Accompanying this was the event of my hard disk crashing, erasing data and a sense of a past that I had digitally accumulated over a period of time. This only added to my experience of moments of slowness, stagnancy, blankness and despair. I was unable to remember what either the future or the past contained.
What if one day, hypothetically speaking, we wake up to a world that experiences a digital blackout - as unprecedented as this pandemic that fractured familiar processes? Would this digital obsolescence disrupt our personal memories? What will it take to perform a collective remembrance in the shadow of capitalist and political structures?
The publication comprises thoughts on the loss and preservation of memory through text and visuals contributed by artists, researchers and practitioners Debi Banerjee, Jenny Brownrigg, Sean Patrick Campbell and Katri Heinämäki.