architectural mnemonics

[I am currently working for the Arts Council of Wales at the Venice Biennale. Influenced by Frances Yates’ The Art of Memory, a book that explores the ancient rhetorical device of using architectural space as a mnemonic, I am interested in interpreting routes through Venice using monuments to trigger memory. A monument, from the Latin monere ‘remind’, might be anything from a statue to pastries in a window.  
Architecture can be thought of as an exteriorisation of psychological space. When we don’t know a city, it feels uncanny (from un ‘not’ + the Indo-European root of canny and can: 'to know’), and only once we commit it to memory can we interiorise it and gain a sense of inner order. Place names on buildings and bridges can be mnemonics too, and when foreign, often provide links to disparate and unanticipated ideas. With this in mind, it remains to be seen whether the content of the Venetian mnemonics will actually be Venice, or somewhere else and of another time altogether. 
After building up an inventory of mnemonics, a route of memories formed.] 

[Artist book formed of fifty photographs of daily route to work in the morning, and fifty of the return walk in the evening. To be read forwards, or rotated and read backwards. Concertina pages for diversions in route. Colour-tinted where colour forms the memory.]