The Mason Studio team presents an art installation within their newly designed studio space, which explores the idea of how space and interior surroundings can contribute to the lasting power of memories.
Titled Refuge In The Sky, the installation takes the universal experience of nature and puts it into a seven-foot floating island of lush and living greenery within an industrial studio.
“There are memories from our lived experiences that we can vividly recall and others that are fleeting moments in time. We are curious to understand the impact of our interior surroundings and how they may contribute to the lasting power of memories,” says the firm.
Floating just above head height, viewers are confronted with the deep roots of the foliage, a perspective that is unfamiliar. This contrast between the familiarity with nature and the unfamiliarity of the perspective is the novelty that we expect to create long-term memory formation.
The Toronto-based practice explains that “there are memories from our lived experiences that can be vividly recalled and others that are fleeting moments in time” and “the idea of “peculiar” experiences is associated with the creation of long-term memories.”
“The difficulty is how to best navigate the push and pull between novelty and familiarity. Novelty tells us what is important to remember. On the other hand, familiarity tells us what we can ignore but helps us retrieve the information later. Too much novelty and you have no way to place it in your cognitive map, but too much familiarity and the information is similarly lost.”
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