SERIES : MANDELA EFFECT
(FALSE MEMORIES / RETCON)
The Mandela Effect, named after the late Nelson Mandela, is the term often used to describe the collective “confabulation” or “false memories” that scores of the population inherently believe. The most notable example is the “Beren -stein/-stain” controversy that became popularized by Buzzfeed several years ago. This inspired Mark Allen’s most current body of paintings, which play on these memories in a Pop-art Nouveau style. These textual and visual examples illustrate the perceivably “false” memories the viewer may nostalgically share. Perhaps you also remember these common M.E.’s. However, it must be advised that on related sub/Reddit’s, where droves of M.E.’s are discussed in depth, some people have reported feeling physically nauseated when first confronted with their cognitive dissonance.
With this series, the artists enjoys creating a conversation around this topic, and the deeper mysteries behind the Effect. Our minds are processing an unfathomable amount of visual and auditory data - and abstract this information into the perception of our “now” while also storing memories of our past for our future selves to recall. Could it be that our minds, through Gestalt principles, are filling in the blanks incorrectly? Or, have scientists at CERN laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland discovered/created a rip in the space-time continuum through the smashing of atomic particles at enormous speeds, demolishing the atoms into vibrational bosons and quarks and creating temperatures thousands of times hotter than the core of our Sun? Has this dimensional rift created a wormhole by which the physicists can time-travel and have subsequently altered our current reality? Or, has the world been destroyed by a hyper-nuclear explosion and by the theoretical concept of “Quantum Immortality” our life forces from a different reality has converged with our current living reality? Are we are witnessing the fallout from a alternate dimension? We would like you to consider these theories with the purpose of enhancing your personal understanding the mind and the perception of our collective hallucination in this electric/holographic universe we call “REALITY.”