Not like gold in your dreams (2018) is a short film simulating the process of memory through the human mind. When we remember a moment in time, we don’t recall it in its entirety, but in fleeting fragmented moments. In Understanding a Photograph, John Berger states that ‘memory works radially’, with ‘numerous associations all leading to the same event’. It is precisely this ‘progression of one thing after another’ that suggests how a memory is never chronological but a discontinuous flow of segments of events that may not relate to each other.
Our memories fade with time and consequently evolve with each recounting, retelling and remembering, creating a pool of memories where the line between fact and fiction, reality and dreams are blurred. This pool is created in Not like gold in your dreams, made up of disjointed moments that do not amount to a singular cohesive narrative. As a body of work that is open to interpretation, it is intended to be comprehended by the viewer’s own memories, experiences and knowledge. The subjectivity of memory is explored through the audience as they form their own perceptions and narrative of the ‘memories’ in the film: what is meant to be a moment of actuality may be interpreted as a fictitious daydream.