Exclusive Memory 4-9-19

A special production, originally conceived of as an installation. Its component elements, in particular a series of three edited, 60- minute videotapes, can be screened or broadcast as single channel works. The complete installation is comprised of the three videotapes, one 60- minute computer-generated video image-scroll, and a painted aluminum panel. ‘Exclusive Memory’ is based on excerpts of a 6- hour monologue by Sherman to a machine, a computer-based, video sensing robotic entity of the artist’s own creation. Sherman is observed providing an experience transfer to his machine in a conversational monologue. The machine can apparently understand natural language. Sherman is interested in relationships between people and machines, especially apparently intelligent artifacts. Sherman assumes his machine is interested in everything, although credit card histories and all forms of dead animals emerge as the machine’s primary obsessions.