ABOUT THE PROJECT

 

 

MAGNA ŻMIEN

The Magnificent Memories Machine

 

Trapped on the other side of the digital divide, somewhere on the analogue shores, lies a chest, a treasure of memories trapped. Familiar people dancing, a flickering in the carnival procession, the yearning of nanna’s singing, a guitar out of tune, a moustached whisper from the other side.

 

The open reels, cassettes, photographs, vinyl and film, their bottled up promise of hidden gems and forgotten dreams, a collective memory waiting to guide and inspire new tides.

 

If we only could infuse the digital seas with our local cultural debris, we would cast our nets and with the precious catch assemble new worlds rooted in what once made us who we are.

 

Virtual shadow boxes of washed up debris, inspired by the first armchair voyager Joseph Cornell and William Gibson’s fragmented artist A.I. from the orbiting ‘Villa Straylight’.

 

The Magnificent Memory Machine, a device and a movement to collect, convert and make available fading memories that will provide a fertile collective context for present and future cyberspace navigators and storytellers.

 

“My songs are of time and distance…

They send me new things but I prefer old things…”

 

COUNT ZERO William Gibson

 

 

WHO ARE WE ?

 

 

Magna Żmien is a project set up by a group of like-minded individuals with the aim of preserving and giving access to local content which was recorded on analogue, sound and image home collections. Central to the project is the reinterpretation and creative use of this digital content for artistic purposes.

 

Magna Żmien is:

 

Artistic Director

Andrew Alamango

 

Project manager

Nicole Blackman

 

Outreach & communications officer

Sarah Mallia

 

Design, branding, machine concept & story developer

Andrej Vujicic

 

Web developer, content curator & narrative creator

Jimmy Grima @tinyislandstudio

 

 

Machine designer & creator

Matthew Pandolfino

 

Machine lights designers Andrew Schembri,Tony Gialanzé

www.lateinteractive.com

 

Archivist & technical advisor

Andrew Pace

 

Archiving team

Aidan Celeste

Jesse Rymers

John Paul Azzopardi

Maria Muscat

Sarah Farrugia

Timothy Garrett

Yasmin Kuymizakiss