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Atmospheric Memory: the air of the past
July's Manchester International Festival brings with it a new work from digital artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Entitled Atmospheric Memory, the premise is a strong one: to consider the atmosphere as a library of everything ever said.
The premise itself is not new; Charles Babbage considered air to be a 'spoken word library'. Lozano-Hemmer's new piece aims to answer the question as to whether Babbage was right, and if, so, what would we want to do with such a power - and whose voices we would want to hear.
The work features 360-degree projections alongside transformational processes where the "words" from the air are turned into water. Science Museum rarities will also be on show.
Alongside Atmospheric Memory is Future Sessions, a mini-event from one of the work's producers, Future Eveything. Future Sessios aims to explore new thinking and ideas around digital heritage; after all, whether air can keep our physical voice or not, if and how we keep our digital voice(s) is of paramount societal importance.
Book tickets for Atmospheric Memory here, and for Future Sessions here.