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Written on Wax
Janet Biggs, 2016

2-channel HD video installation with sound,
16 x 9 format
Running time: 5:35 Unique with 1AP

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Dual-channel video Written in Wax focuses on how memories are formed. The work documents Biggs' experience with a research study that utilized electric shocks to create new, negative memories that were later altered or erased. Modifying the process for her video, the artist received a jolt of electricity each time she was shown footage representing one of her earliest recollections of personal autonomy—an image of horse's hooves. The procedure gradually transformed this positive association to a negative one. Her loss of, and subsequent attempt to recover this, presents the viewer with an intimate look at the relationship between memory and identity.

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