S 37° 48` 14.434",
E 144° 57` 38.902"

A video of a study space at Kwong Lee Dow building, augmented with a dreamscape of fluorescent colours, aqua water, greenery and Salvador Dalí’s melting clocks as depicted in Dalí’s painting The Persistence of Memory (1931).

Cindy Song,

Persistence Memories

Digital animation, 1:45

(Music: 'Here With Me' - Susie Suh x Robot Koch', Collective Records © Susie Suh x Robot Koch)

Memories tend to fade over time. Familiar spaces, faces, and senses alter after being distanced from their origin for a certain period. We may even question the existence of where such memories began. After being in isolation for months, the concept of time became an illusion, as I no longer have to wake up in the morning or sleep at night for certain purposes. My biological clock completely reversed during the lockdown quarantine. I hardly ever checked the time because it became meaningless. This experience reminded me of Salvador Dalí’s painting The Persistence of Memory (1931). Dali commented that the aim of this piece was ‘to systematize confusion and thus to help discredit completely the world of reality.’

Cindy Song is currently completing their second year of Master of Education (TESOL) at the University of Melbourne. Song has a background in Visual Art and Fashion Design. Over the years, Song has enjoyed working with different mediums to create 2D and 3D artworks. Last year she began to create digital art using Procreate and video editing apps.