Voluntary Memory (1hour 11minutes) collects and collates abstracted iPhone memories, audio snippets, visual clippings, notes to self, bearing raw meandering thoughts and visuals tracking a year in the life of the director working through CPTSD recovery. The iPhone acts as the tool within this self-analytical, POV film, an experience akin to being inside another person's headspace and scrolling through their memories. The story journeys from safe to unsafe, dark to light as the narrator works on her spiralling path to recovery, or the beginning of the endless journey of ‘becoming the true self’. Voluntary Memory is evocative of our modern culture of recording and collecting self-motivated material, exposing our internal and private realities online and being always in contact with a recording device in our hands.

Voluntary Memory is evocative of our modern culture of recording and collecting self-motivated material, exposing our internal and private realities online and being always in contact with a recording device in our hands. Privacy, data usage, lives lived online, sharing of intimate life experiences all is brought into question and propelled to the forefront.  

CREDITS:
Director  & Editor: Vasilisa Forbes