Syria to join COVAX initiative

Syria to join COVAX initiative

The Cabinet approved on Tuesday Syria’s access...

Turkish regime's s mercenaries shell the vicity of town in Syria's Raqqa

Turkish regime's s mercenaries shell the vicity of town in Syria's Raqqa

RAQQA, (ST)_ The Turkish occupation forces and...

Unprecidented  humanitarian crisis in Syria 's Hasaka

Unprecidented humanitarian crisis in Syria 's Hasaka

HASAKA, (ST)_On foot, elderly and sick people...

A Palestinian martyred by Israeli occupation fire in West Bank city of Salfit

A Palestinian martyred by Israeli occupation fire in West Bank city of Salfit

A Palestinian young man was martyred on Tuesday...

Lavrov and Zarif discuss the settlement of the crisis in Syria in Moscow

Lavrov and Zarif discuss the settlement of the crisis in Syria in Moscow

Moscow (ST): The Russian Foreign Ministry has...

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    Syria to join COVAX initiative

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:58
  • Syria reiterates that Israel's occupation of Arab lands poses threat to international security and stability

    Syria reiterates that Israel's occupation of...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:54
  • Turkish regime's s mercenaries shell the vicity of town in Syria's Raqqa

    Turkish regime's s mercenaries shell the vicity...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:50
  • Unprecidented  humanitarian crisis in Syria 's Hasaka

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    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:33
  • Israel prevents reconstruction committee from completing the restoration work at the Ibrahimi Mosque

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    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 14:33
  • Zarif says international community must support efforts to reach a political solution to the crisis in Syria

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    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 14:30
  • Turkish regime’s mercenaries from the terrorist organizations steal the (Badama) railway bridge in Idlib countryside

    Turkish regime’s mercenaries from the terrorist...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:29
  • A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hits area on Syrian-Iraqi borders inside Syrian territory

    A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hits area on...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:17
  • The Palestinian Foreign Ministry demands implementation of international legitimacy decisions

    The Palestinian Foreign Ministry demands...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 12:03
  • Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa, under the protection of the occupation forces

    Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa, under the...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:29
  • A Palestinian martyred by Israeli occupation fire in West Bank city of Salfit

    A Palestinian martyred by Israeli occupation...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:25
  • (SDF) militia kidnaps the head of the town council of Al-Jawadiyah in   the Qamishli countryside

    (SDF) militia kidnaps the head of the town...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:11
  • A terrorist suicide bombing in the city of Tal Abyad in the northern countryside of Raqqa

    A terrorist suicide bombing in the city of Tal...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:05
  • Syrian Indian relations, deeply-rooted friendship reinforced by the two states' stands towards combatting terrorism

    Syrian Indian relations, deeply-rooted...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:48
  • Aleppo: 80 percent of the rehabilitation project for the eastern garage in Al-Sha'ar neighborhood completed

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    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:41
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    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:32
  • Lavrov and Zarif discuss the settlement of the crisis in Syria in Moscow

    Lavrov and Zarif discuss the settlement of the...

    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:29
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    Tuesday, 26 January 2021 09:29
  • The SDF militias kidnap a number of teachers and take them to the forced recruitment camps

    The SDF militias kidnap a number of teachers...

    Monday, 25 January 2021 22:04
  • Eng. Arnous discusses with the Syrian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce’s members enhancing joint investments

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The second honey festival in Damascus

The second honey festival in Damascus

With the participation of 34 beekeepers from the public and private sectors, the activities of the second Syrian Honey Festival were launched on the grounds of Al-Jalaa S...

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Bnamra ... a green jewel embraced by the mountains

Bnamra ... a green jewel embraced by the…

Tartous, (ST)-The quiet village of Bnamra is embraced by  mountains of ancient oak trees, in the midst of a charming nature as freshwater springs burst from its tops which makes the village look like an emerald. According to the village mayor, Muhammad Ahmad Shaheen, Bnamra is within the municipality of  Sheikh Badr in Tartous. It spreads over an area of about two thousand dunums. The village was named so due to its...

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Three artists show 73 works on Arabic calligraphy  and the beauty of old Damascus

Three artists show 73 works on Arabic ca…

“Damascus, Color and Calligraphy” is the title of a collective exhibition being held in the Arab Cultural center in Abou Rummaneh in Damascus, and it depicts Damascus with its houses, lanes and alleys.   The paintings of the artists Muhammad Hadid, Muhammad Dabour, and Kholud Karimo, show Sufi dance , Arabic calligraphy , and paintings of various shapes inspired from the local environment of old Damascus. Artist Kholud Karimo, shows eight paint...

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Two strong-willed wounded soldiers defy their injuries and launch their own project

Two strong-willed wounded soldiers defy …

Despair and surrender can never penetrate brave hearts and strong willed persons. The wounded personnel of the Syrian Arab Army are best examples of strong determination and defiance despite all the difficulties they face in life. Hakem Nabhan and Mohammad Al-Salman are two wounded soldiers who were discharged from military service because of their injuries during battles with terrorists but strongly insisted to continue to be active in society....

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Arnous meets a delegation from the occupied Syrian Golan

Arnous meets a delegation from the occup…

DAMASCUS, (ST)- Prime Minister Hussein Arnous on Monday received a delegation representing the people in the occupied Syrian Golan.  The delegation handed the prime minister the national document of the Syrian citizens in the occupied Syrian Golan that affirms their continuous resistance and struggle against the aggressive plans of the Zionist occupation until Golan is liberated and that emphasizes their adherence t...

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That concept led to a puzzling notion which brings attention to the longevity of her art crafts raising the question: why to work for long hours and then demolish everything in one duster wipe? It seems really frustrating. However, Salameh's attitude toward the durability of her work is far from being unsatisfying, as she explained that some pieces might take a couple of hours, whereas others take several days, but all are going to be sponged up and absorbed only in the memory card of her camera; since she documents all the stages of the work process in short videos. In addition to making new creative designs from modifying her work shots to new photographs with photo editing applications.

No memory effect

The psychological effect of erasing everything over and over again, and redrawing; might be compared to the battery/memory effect, which is a reduction in the longevity of a rechargeable battery's charge, due to incomplete discharge in previous uses. Nevertheless, some types of nickel batteries can develop a memory effect when only partially discharged before recharging. In contrast, others are considered to have no memory effect, and might live longer. Does Salameh, who completely discharges her white surface of those heavy black greds, want to lengthen her art work existence by totally eliminating them? A query far from finding answers in Faten's memory, but might find echoes in some psychological studies.

Do we have the right to erase artistic memories?

Can we erase memories? Memories do not only make part of our consciousness, they also leave a trace in our unconsciousness. Yet, new research shows that being keen to forget an unwanted memory can help erase this unconscious trace. Wanting to get rid of bad memories is certainly a justified act as a defense mechanism, whether consciously or unconsciously done, to protect our good recollections of past events. Yet, this evokes the following interrogation: Can artistic works manifest bad memories in the subconscious mind of the artist that he or she has an urge to persistently erase old memories and draw out new ones?

A core objective of art is immortality, seeking an everlasting existence through the physical personification of the art craft, to the extent of considering the artistic item as an independent persona away from its initial creator (the artist). Thus, some will question the creator's right to execute this autonomous artistic piece.

 

Unintentional memory loss, can preserve initial memory?

However, Salameh is not the only artist that wipes out memory to create new art. Lonni Sue Johnson has done it, nonetheless not on purpose. An artist of precisely detailed, often witty drawings, who had sudden brain damage that almost killed her and resulted in a complete memory loss and incapability to create new memories, resulting in a considerable loss of the cultural and intellectual knowledge she once held. Nonetheless, the personality of her art—the gracefully curving lines, the playful sense of humor—began to announce itself anew as she recovered. Prof. Barbara Landau has showcased Lonni Sue Johnson’s life story at John Hopkins University to investigate the connection of memory to art. Her research led to fascinating results: despite the fact of Johnson's amnesia and total blankness of her former skills and talents, her post-trauma art work preserved her personality as if we have innate skills and abilities.[i]

Overemployment of Memory to create art

Conversely, other artists over employ their memories to create art. For instance we find an excessive use of visual memory and reminiscence of detailed real features in Sarah Shamma portraits, an eminent Syrian painter, who focuses on death and humanity expressed mainly through self-portraits and children painted in a life-like visceral way. Shamma art work is a recollection of realistic life and photographs, creating oil paintings reflecting deep emotional memoirs. Her portrayal resembles retention of memories inside the frame, yet does that prevent memory loss or damage? Or is it in the first place a real representation of those memories?  Do artists manipulate memories playing on the rope of reformulating past memories despite their realistic outlook, and/or, in the case of Shamma,  to generate new memories? [ii]

Is tampering with our memories a good idea?

Whether wiped out or extensively used, memories have persistently been used in art and will continue to shape not only individual artistic works, but will, as well, mark and define the collective memory of a whole epoch, which might take their nomination like: the Renaissance or Impressionism.  However, researchers might have deeper interrogations regarding interfering in our memories. The lead researcher, MarijnKroes, a neuroscientist at Radboud University in the Netherlands, found that by purposely timing ECT bursts[iii], it is possible to target and disrupt patients' memories of a disturbing episode in their life[iv].

Such findings highlight serious issues concerning tampering with our memories, aren't memories a valued and integrated part of who we are? Our actions, our personalities, our very notions of self are shaped on the experiences we have had and on the memories we have collected, then to delete our memories would be like destroying a part of ourselves.

 

Lama Alhassanieh

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