Work in process

The Method of Loci
HD-film with sound
2019


A CGI-animated structure serves as the set for a story between body, language and space. Shot in first-person character, we are guided across the fixed space, fumbling between and paying across signifiers, inanimate trivials and surfaces in half-furnished rooms. The title are taken from to mnemonic technique Method of Loci (Loci being ”Places” in latin), also called memory palace, that are based upon visualizing memories into a mental spatial form, for example a house, as memorization may be improved by structured a mental journey in an imaginary space. This method was described in De Oratore, written in 55 BCE by Marcus Tullius Cicero, and described as a technique for remembering the points to be made in a speech.
Taking the method as a starting point from a spatial and structural perspective, the film suggestively stages structures of mind and body, and ultimately touches upon the questions of subjectivity in virtual space.

The text for the voice-over draws upon selected texts of Samuel Beckett, Hannah Arendt, Jorge Luis Borges and Henri Lefebvre.


















































Kim Svensson, 2019