Digital Legacies, δημοσίευση στο Aesthetica Magazine [22/9/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Dropbox has more than 700 million registered users across 180 countries. Where we once cut-and-pasted photographs into physical photo albums, we now save our images on iCloud. Answering machine messages are locked behind passcodes, and conversations with friends and family are encrypted on platforms like WhatsApp. These new ways of communicating and storing memories have myriad advantages: they are often faster, cheaper and less resource intensive. Yet, the pace of technological change poses questions about the the future of our personal information. Will today’s file types become obsolete? Who controls what data? How do we preserve our digital legacies for generations to come?
Artists and technologists Harry Yeff (Reeps100) and Trung Bao are interested in these questions. Their answer is VOICE GEMS, “the first project in the world” to produce gemstone artworks generated from influential human and critically endangered animal voices. This September, these dazzling objects are displayed across the interior and exterior of London’s W1 Curates on Oxford Street. Presented by W1 Immersive, these sculptures turn audio recordings into a visual archive of love, death, hope and legacy.
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