Inspired by Edison’s necrophone, this installation project aims at staging a very intrusive relationship to death in a hyper-mediated society. In what could be seen as somewhat of a digital grave, the body is no longer physically stored, but rather encoded — along with an exhaustive library of personal details — into a single cylinder of marble.
In a first phase, the memory storage cylinder is set to rotate while being read by a moving arm carrying a light sensor. Once enough data has been collected, a second phase starts where a sample of personal information — may it be biometric, or a memory — is recompiled into an audio-visual stream. The installation then turns back again into “read-mode”, and loops through the data.
Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains
In Collaboration with
l’IRCAM, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique du Centre Georges Pompidou
Fabricarium de l’institut Polytech, lille
EDM, Européenne du marbre à Paris
Product Design, Visual Design & Development
N O R M A L S
Light & Arduino
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