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Mnemonics : The Notes. First Thursday Opening Reception

Sep 7 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Design Corridor

Free and Open to the public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Mnemonics : The Notes is a multimedia installation and a surrogate to the film Mnemonics. In the film, the main character is a Bosnian refugee that tells the story of her home through a series of animated segments. These segments were created from hundreds of hand drawn animation cells on display in their original format.

By deconstructing animation to its primary element, an animation cell, this project offers an insight into the physical process of making a movement in a 2D world. In each drawing there is evidence of repetition and singularity. This thread weaves through sequences becoming a fragmented visualization of time.

The story captured in the drawings is sourced from footage filmed in Bosnia in 2012. It shows a vision of Balkan, its people, culture and traditions. From the making of bread to the bullet holes in Bosnian landscapes, this piece is a monument not only to one war but to all of them. It is a testament of a Bosnian refugee while speaking to all displaced people. It is a love letter we have all imagined at one point in time.

In addition to the drawings, a single channel video projection shows the animation. The motion of animated sequences mirrors the stillness of the animation cells, contrasting each other in medium and perception of time.

Mnemonics : The Notes was created to strengthen the ties between film and art. It invites the viewer into the story through multiple mediums and breaks down storytelling into a layered experience.

As a surrogate to the film Mnemonics it was created to strengthen the ties between film and art, inviting the audience into the story through multiple mediums.

Exhibition runs from Thursday 9/7 through 9/28 in PNCA’s Design Corridor