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The art of Randy Thom

 Sound designer (FW35)

The decision to look at the relationship between memory and film for this edition of Art in-Sight was in large measure to do with the slipperiness of my own memory in relation to a film project I am currently working on. The memory of an old family photograph of some of the central characters of my family walking across OConnell Bridge, Dublin taken by a street photographer circa 1932-3 has become the entrance point into a mediation on how specific historical fault lines moved through these family members. As it has turned out the photograph I had memorized in such detail for months did not exist. It was a montage of a number of photographs I finally retrieved from my motheras collection. This elusiveness marked a resonance for me with something Pat Murphy writes in this edition “memory is far too important to be left staggering under the weight of things remembered.”