Strategic Memory Protection, through mixed media manifestations including video and installation, will examine the claiming of an event by acquisition of its readily distributable, physical manifestations; such as the photograph, the souvenir or artist book. People may choose to acquire these mementos of such ethereal phenomena as art, place or knowledge. When they do it may be as proof, a token of sorts. It may be, more personally, a fetish object, one through which a sacred sentimental connection is maintained. And in a more utilitarian way, these objects may function as an insurance scheme against not being fully present in the moment or losing memory of the event.
Strategic Memory Protection is an exploration into the relationship between acquirer and acquired, the authentic event and the stand in and the function of the souvenir as insurance policy, ready protection against a dissatisfying or forgotten event.