In The Absence of Memory

Visual Art and Installation

About the Production

Memory and time are not linear. In the installation, In the Absence of Memory the luminous bars of light are selectively linear, huge amounts of time is absent between the events documented. They are bars of memory, bars of light, bars of time fragile and ephemeral. The dated events stenciled on the bars of light are not hierarchical. In the dispassionate universe what man does and what nature does is of equal value. It is man that creates the artificial hierarchy. The bars of light represent the equal value placed on the events stenciled. The sound of a running stream subliminally permeates the space in which the bars of light live. They cross through a corner of the galleries up and down like a ladder of time. Yet another contemplative installation with the presences of water. This was designed to be a traveling installation appropriate for any contemporary gallery space.

Production Team And Cast

Conceived by

Ping Chong

Performance History


Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College, Easton, PA (1989)


Austin Center for the Arts at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut (1990)

Koppelman Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, Medford, MA (1991)


Lafayette College
Trinity College
Tufts University


The New England Foundation for the Arts