“Psychogeography is the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”

— Guy DeBord, 1955

Here lives a collection of largely obsolete objects dredged from Abu Dhabi. They are relational bodies – what matters less is their recognizable form or function, but more the tensions between each fragment and the uncanny connections that arise from their new altered compositions. I strike them with modes of preservation, sustaining their moment of ‘death’ and of decomposition. Together in their correct arrangement, they become specimens reflective of my psychogeographic experience of the city, as I walked it, lived – remember it.

Nikolai Kozak Olego

The objects displayed in this room are proxies for my family. I made these objects while thinking through the ethical implications of encountering and modifying archives in the context of the post-dictatorial Chile. I was interested in memory and the gaps in memory and how these gaps are inherited and can be rearranged to create artificial but continuous narratives into the present. The objects in this room taught me a language with which to speak of the trauma embedded in my body. Through them, weight and light are made real – they are the beginnings of an alphabet of the body.