I called the Assignment 3 version of this project:

“Both are Lost”

… but I am now falling out with this title. It is a line from a Roger McGough poem and it references gloves. The full line is:

“When one glove is missing, both are lost”
(Roger McGough 2000)

The idea behind choosing that title was that I was trying to draw the parallel between remembering something that you had forgotten, and losing one glove while keeping the other (as a reminder of the lapse).

The reason I am no longer in love with this title is that – it’s about the gloves. And I want the work to be seen / remembered / reflected upon as being about memory more than being about gloves.

So I’ve been spending time on and off recently pondering alternative titles that are more about memory (and ideally, the unreliability thereof).

Metamemory!

I recently found out that there is a science-y word for my interest in thinking about and self-analysing my own memory: metamemory. It is a form of metacognition (which itself basically means ‘thinking about thinking’).

Metamemory is a type of metacognition that refers to our awareness of our own memory processes.
(sciencedirect.com)

While I love that there is a word for my exact area of interest, just calling the set “Metamemory” didn’t seem to work for me.

For a time I was enamoured with the phrase:

“Adventures in Metamemory”

But ultimately I feel that this might better suit being an umbrella title for my overall interest in the subject, including earlier assignments and any future related work I might do (as part of SYP, for example). So for now, it’s the title I’m using for this overall BoW blog – see top left.

Another train of thought…

As part of my Contextual Studies work I was recently deconstructing the word “remember” to its component parts – “re-member” as a kind of antonym to “dis-member”, as part of an explanation of how memory is a constructive process that puts back together fragments of information in the brain (as opposed to recalling scenes or facts as whole entities). In this context, to “re-member” is to put back together again.

I don’t plan to use “re-member” as part of a title for this work (party because the english language has an unfortunate and potentially distracting meaning of the word “member”…) but it did make me think of related “re-” words:

  • remind
  • recall

The prefix “re” works on two levels: its primary meaning in these words is “again”, but the abbreviating “re:” meaning “regarding” can also be implied. This led me onto the very short title:

“Re:mind”

This carries the two meanings of “remind” as in memory trigger, and “re: mind” as in “about the mind”.

However, I find it a little… tricksy, typographically-speaking. A bit self-consciously modern, if you know what I mean.

Late 80s indie cultural reference coming up

This riffing on the word “mind” led me to hum the refrain from the the 1987 Pixies tune, “Where Is My Mind?”, a track memorably used at the climax of the 1999 film Fight Club as the protagonist finally became aware of the multiple personality disorder that was the twist in the film’s plot.

I think it’s such a great phrase, and could really suit this project. The “where” speaks to the various public places where I see gloves (/am reminded of memory lapses), and the question is an oddly-phrased way of asking a “what was I thinking / how did I forget that / what is the matter with my brain today?” kind of thing.

I actually think it works better without the question mark:

“Where Is My Mind”

For now this is my working title.


Sources

McGough, R. (1999) The Way Things Are. London: Viking.

Metamemory definition: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/metamemory

Where Is My Mind? by Pixies (Francis), 1987