Matter and Memory played a key role for me to the understanding of how human perception and memory, work. Back in 2012 when I was studying museum structures this book gave me an incredible insight to how we see and memorize objects.
(…) we have distinguished three processes, pure memory, memory-image and perception, of which none of them in fact, occurs apart from the others. Perception is never a mere contact of the mind with the object present; it is impregnated with memory-images which complete it as they interpret it. The memory-image, in its turn, partakes of the “pure memory”, which it begins to materialize, and of the perception in which it tends to embody itself: regarded from the latter point of view, it might be defined as nascent perception.
Bergson, H., (1991 ), ‘Matter and Memory’, trans. by N. M. Paul and W. Scott Palmer, New York: Zone Books.
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