Latent Memory, 2019

Feb 2019


  1. Present or potential but not evident or active.

4. Psychology - Present and accessible in the unconscious mind but not consciously expressed.

Feb 2019

Does a physical place hold memory?

What is latent memory as a theory?

Is latent memory, original memory?

Is latent memory a direct navigation to sense of place?


After wandering through exhibitions of Raymond Arnold and Locust Jones in Bett Gallery, Hobart I glanced into their meeting room and gasped. One of the staff looked up and nodded me through, he read my mind, I needed to see it. It was a two metre tall piece by Julie Gough. At once minimal and mesmerising. It had no description, no name, just a white base of art paper with holes cut through. I couldn’t stop staring.

It was a map. It was skin. It was the earth’s night sky.

It was tangible and textured and I wanted to reach into it.

It felt ordered, intentional and fluid all at once.


Julie Gough
Annihilation: Map of the settled districts of Van Diemen’s Land 1826 – 1828
paper, Tasmanian oak
c.210 x 110 x 2cm
collection of the artist
Exhibited in: THE MISSING, Bett Gallery, Hobart, June – July 2011 (solo exhibition)


Reference Artist: John Nixon

Beneath the stars came fallin’ on our heads
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
— Regina Spektor, Samson, Begin to Hope Album 2006

Artist feature: SIRKKU KETOLA

A Body called Paula, screen printing meets performance.

Themes: Time/temporality, pleasure, process, meditative, passion, knowledge, reality, depth, balance, darkness.

We need to come to country because country tells us a lot.
It is the beginning of where we start. We have to be part of that country experience to be the whole of who we are. We are the country and the country is us.
— Lola Greeno