Memories vs Time & How to Implant False Memories


Based on the historical timeline of Dungeness, I explored the relationship between memory and time using the main industries that occurred in Dungeness (fishing, railway, war, nuclear). Memories do not work the same as time – while time might be in a linear direction with all the events being put in each moment, memory of a person comprises of several layers of events overlapping on one another. That is why we do not remember time, we remember moments. From there, I concluded that time moves differently from memories; although they do intersect at certain points and become parallel with one another, and they are when memories overlap one another which explains why we sometimes remember two separate events as a single cohesive event.






Based on an article by Julia Shaw (click here), our memory is prone to be implanted with a false memory, and the techniques and methods do not require any lasers or surgery – just psychotherapy will do. She also stated the steps included are:

  1. Recall – Trigger the memory of a person by making them recall a certain even (childhood, college, etc.). This will activate the neurons which stores that certain memory.
  2. Seeding – While they are still recalling the memory, slowly insert a false memory. The false memory should be accompanied with the actual recollection (eg: implanting a memory that there was a terrible fight during childhood, but keep other details the same – name of best friend at that time, the place, etc.)
  3. Pressure – Repetitively suggest to them of the false memory itself, even after denials. Be convincing – add in more and more actual details and incorporate the false memory
  4. Imagine – Perform a cognitive exercise, make them imagine and recall that particular event, while at the same time incorporate the false memory itself. By this time, the false memory has been slowly implanted into their mind, making them believe whatever false memory given is real.

Hence, from there I did a drawing summarising the process of implanting the false memory. Using example of war in Dungeness, I intend to tweak the memories with an extra element (troops) along the process.


Does the drawing illustrate the relationship between time and memory and the summary of how to implant false memory more clearly? If not, what can I do to improve its legibility?

3 thoughts on “Memories vs Time & How to Implant False Memories

  1. You say that you have ‘explored the relationship between memory and time using the main industries that occurred in Dungeness’ but it feels that this connection at present is lacking. You have told us what the timeline is for occupation of Dungeness, and how memory actually works. But I cannot remember you showing any work that made a link between these aspects. If an aim is to speculate what these groups remember, then you need to explore this – hypothesising through the memory system that you have researched. This might be a case of designing scenarios that allow you to expand on your explanation of how memory works – taking in all the various sensory aspects. We don’t know what a fisherman would remember, but you can hypothesise scenarios (draw or model these) of what kind of stimuli they would have come into contact with and how this might have contributed to memory formation. This would take you beyond where you currently are with the memory explanation still abstract from the project.

    Going through this stage will form the necessary ‘precedents’ to then begin proposing how you would implant memories. As well as the above, I think that the drawing you have shown could do more. Use this week’s the task of the ‘time drawing’ perhaps to explore this. On one level, the straight timeline that you have is perhaps a little rigid or banal for this drawing, which suggests something more complex and multi faceted. Have a look at the examples of time drawings that Manijeh has posted on the blog. The drawing does not show me any detail of how this procedures occur, or what kind of collisions of thought might occur. Don’t take such a zoomed out linear view. Maybe also look at some artworks that explore dreams, subconscious etc. For example the paintings of Renee Magritte which bring elements together to make new associations and meanings.

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