Ana Sofia Rodrigues

Memory serves us as a landmark of personal experiences that are open to interpretation and reframe the past not as fixed narrative but as a multiplicity of voices from diverse points of view. This allows us to think about our personal stories, and how we might document things to come.

We have all experienced the feeling of being suddenly transported to our past and reviving intense, emotional memories triggered by a whatsoever stimulus. This phenomenon, usually described by sense memories, tackles an altogether framework of personal accounts. But, what if one has already lost the ability to understand, connect and intertwine the frames evoked by such a process? What if, due to a succession of voluntary erasures of memories, one is left only with intermittent breaks of consciousness, often triggered by senses? The result would probably be a recollection of involuntary strong emotional reactions that intercross each other. Having lost the ability of bridging the gaps, cognitive functions would be eroded, and the loss of identity would surely settle in. We would rummage through a heap of trash, a pile of disconnected, fractured reminiscences. It would be as if life had become an ephemeral concept, which never even existed in a fixed space or time and seemed to disappear entirely when not being performed as we know it.

INNER SPECTERS, OUTER SPECTATORS stands as the last part of a five section fiction entitled ANACHRONIC STAMP.