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.
COUNT ZERO William Gibson
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:
Outreach & communications officer
Design, branding, machine concept & story developer
Web developer, content curator & narrative creator
Jimmy Grima @tinyislandstudio
Machine designer & creator
Machine lights designers Andrew Schembri,Tony Gialanzé
Archivist & technical advisor
John Paul Azzopardi