Memento Maury

2013

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Memento Maury is an exploration of gender essentialism and racial/cultural stereotyping as evidenced by the long-running daytime talk program The Maury Povich Show. By aggregating data–in this case screenshots introducing new segments in the program–over the course of 100 episodes, one can see not only how the formulaic aspects of the show emphasize gender and racial tropes, but also how the repetition built in to popular media serves to both reflect and further ossify social and cultural hierarchical structures. This book contains 190 stills from the nearly 500 video clips used to create the layered images and video for the Memento Maury series. ​ All frames were collected from video hosted at Youtube.com. Layering effects were created using custom stacking software, built with the open source programming language and development environment Processing.