Hector Leiv

TITLE: The Matter of Memory
MEDIUM: Javascript code via the Titanium Appcelerator application. iPhone
DEVICE(S): iPhone 3G
STATUS: For more information
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST(S): Hector Leiv

Hector Leiva is a Brooklyn-based artist using networking systems as a means of investigating the complex relationships between memory and time. From installation-based work to mobile applications, he works on creating opensystems that allows for audience interaction to further question their own relationships with memory and time. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA and MFA in 2008 and 2011 respectively.

The Matter of Memory is a continuously developing a piece that investigates the relationship between the creation of memories and the physical space that embodies them. Using a smart-phone as the platform to allow the user to record sound and have it tethered to their GPS location, anyone running this app can record his or her memories within a place of importance. Uploading their memory will allow other people to listen to it on the condition that any other user must be within 100 feet of the place of initial recording to listen to it. This physical constraint of the 100-foot radius in order to listen to a digital recording is a method to engage in an experience that focuses on how the physical spaces we move through contain history and their own memories. These memories left by individuals have their own importance, which shouldn’t be ignored when analyzed against “objective” history.

Artist E-mail Address: hexxorleiva@gmail.com