hektor.net is a navigable artsite of experimental pinhole photography, spoken word and video poetry. Each vignette is in a performative writing style, and the series collectively explores narrative and storytelling, time and memory, multiplicity and identity, anger and trauma, and the labors of communication. I use technologies unique to digital video in order to accent its many historical references and literary allusions. While viewers surf the site, hektor attempts to re-member: embody a past in the present. Floating memories, re-presented as art pieces, congeal in different patterns; from the “ruins of memory,” viewers re-invent the past and its meaning, piecing together a story for themselves. However, similar to Julio Cortazar’s Hopscotch, where readers can tackle any chapter, in any order, to assemble a whole story, this narrative is built by the listener, according to which pieces they have seen, in what context, and in which order. Viewers continually bring new insights to possibility by juxtaposing visited and revisited pieces and ideas several times over.
hektor is part of the non-aggressive narrative, a body of work that explores memory and storytelling. His name comes from The Iliad; he is the inevitable fallen hero. But contrary to his historical namesake, this hektor is aggressively articulate about his anger at fate, relating it to contemporary issues of class, race, gender and sex. He never approaches his traumatic past directly, but his silence on the topic speaks volumes.