As a preface, Yasmin’s story especially resonated with me, having been a devoted classical pianist for the first half of my life and then making the difficult decision to step away and start a new direction of my own. There were certain phrases that particularly inspired me in Yasmin’s introduction:
– remembering how her fingers had failed her at the keyboard
– the rhythm of the raindrops
– tastes and aromas intoxicated
– and then resolutely put it away
As I developed the piece, I was keen to convey an introspective journey that captures fragmented memory and its transformation with time and distance. The act of repetition becomes an integral part of the concept and process. Each time a memory is replayed, it dynamically shifts and elaborates on itself — not unlike Chopin’s Nocturne with its rounded binary structure. I sought to mirror this effect through generative AI and a repetitive, recursive process of out-painting that elaborates and expands on prior generations while retaining its memory of an initial image.
The audio track, which I performed and remixed, expresses a different version of repetition — static and unresolved in its melody. Strains of trills and ornamentation echo throughout. It is only when the visual animation takes on an abstract sensorial, almost gustatory, texture that the possibility of resolution is introduced. The audio and animation merge in synchronous closure by the end of the narrative — signalling a punctuation on one chapter as another blooms.
A specially curated exhibition to visually bring to life the novel, Spice Journeys.