Still from Johnny Mnemonic. Directed by Robert Longo, screenplay by William Gibson. Alliance Communications, 1995.
Aurora San Miguel
Corporate Logo: Mnemonic Encryption Key is an engraved glass business sign and accompanying essay of the same name. The three images on glass–a cartoon, a still from news footage, and an angelic mother-like figure–appear in the 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic (dir. Robert Longo) as a memory device for the protagonist to access the information he carries in his head. Both works reflect on the film’s production history and the growing appropriation of early cyber aesthetics within corporate culture.
Aurora San Miguel is a writer and filmmaker working in Seattle, WA. Her work is concerned with critical approaches towards documentation and the politics of representation, visual culture, and memory. Recent works focus on avenues of tangible and intangible property through language, film, and mass production.