It is an interactive sound installation that explores how we, as humans embody memories. The installation is based on an archive of memories collected from different people by guiding them through sensory experiences and into physical poses that trigger embodied memories. Their recorded memories are then stored in the installation for retrieval by imitating their initial poses.
Artificial intelligence is used to record and retrieve memories from the archive. Through the installation, a synergy between human memory and computer memory appears. Artificial intelligence creates a mediated physical space in which the audience can walk around, position themselves in poses and hear the intimate stories of previous participants.
The installation creates a space where participants can evoke memories from their past through bodily poses. Through cautious and sensitive support from a mediator, the participant is helped to find a pose that stimulates and evokes a memory. When a particular pose stabilizes, and the participant has linked it to a memory, an experience, or a sensation, the participant is asked to formulate a narrative about it.
The computer learns positions and the memories recorded, and when positions are repeated, the computer will playback the stories. This way, the same space can be used to recall and replay other participants' memories. In this installation, participants can enter and contribute narratives of something they remember from their past, while others can enter and navigate around the shared memories by exploring the space and thereby activating the memories stored there by the computer.
The installation "choreographs" the audience while exploring the landscape of memories. They lift a leg, stretch out or spin around to achieve an experience for themselves, not to show off. The technology helps create an intimate experience with a tactile and organic feel. Because the installation consists of memories collected at different places, there is a bigger choreography over time across the cities where stories have been collected and shared.
memoryMechanics is created by Maja Fagerberg Ranten, Mads Høbye, Troels Andreasen, Lise Aagaard Knudsen and Karen Eide Bøen. It was initiated as a part of “Staging the Future of Technologies vol. 2” with the following partners: Click festival, Catch, Haut and Roskilde University Center. Sponsored by Bikubenfonden & Copenhagen municipality.
memoryMechanics has been exhibited in the following places:
2022, July: NOFOD Conference: Moving, relating, commanding. Choreographies for bodies, identities and ecologies, Copenhagen.