COMPEL Omeka Dev

Moment of First Awakening

Item

Title

Moment of First Awakening

Description

In the spring of 1985, conductor Clive Wearing suffered from a virus that attacked his brain’s ability to form short-term memories. He was left with less than 2 minutes of recall at any given time.

To this day, Clive keeps a journal in a stilted attempt to record his existence:

8:31 AM: Now I am really, completely awake.
9:06 AM: Now I am perfectly, overwhelmingly awake.
9:34 AM: Now I am superlatively, actually awake.

Clive lives in a perpetual state of temporary standby. His entire awareness is limited to a tiny window of time — a momentary gap that creates for him a continuous moment of first awakening.

Creator

Date

2012

Instrumentation

Processed Piano and Video Loop

Duration

2:00 (loop)

Representative Recording(s)

Citation

Greg Wilder, “Moment of First Awakening,” COMPEL Omeka Dev, accessed June 15, 2024, https://compel-dev.vtlibraries.net/items/show/6.

Comments

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