To remember and forget:
Memory and machine
1. Question: Data and memory
2. Thinking machines
3. Non-volatile memory
4. Random access memory
Flip ﬂops - SR Latch
Is (our) data (our) memory?
In Memory, Evan Roth stages a confrontation between human memory and the
unconscious of the Internet.
Our technical devices remember much more than we want them to. The computer
cache memories register all our movements in digital space. Roth turns these
memories inside out and brings forth a manifold of hidden stories. Thereby he is
letting us view ourselves with the indifferent eyes of technology.
Forgetting Spring (March to June 2013)
The Forgotten Spring sculpture, a tangible embodiment
of the action of clearing this data, is intentionally
conﬂicted as to whether it wants to be tossed away or
archived forever. This physical representation of our
lost digital histories is created from four months worth
of Internet browsing data, resulting in a 1.5 x 42 meter
long vinyl print compressed using an industrial
The Internet Cache Portrait series is composed of
uncensored streams of images passively collected through
a sitter's daily Internet browsing. The series depicts
individual sitters from different countries, occupations
and genders, all rendered during the same two week
period of time. Faces of "friends" from the sitter's social
proﬁle exist side by side with corporate logos, mangled
pieces of google maps, family photos and banner
advertisements. These algorithmically produced prints act
as a contemporary nude, exposing in a generous and open
way an individual's private online interactions.
What happens to our memory
when storage device becomes obsolete?
An estimated 50 million tons of E-waste are produced each year. The USA
discards 30 million computers each year and 100 million phones are disposed of
in Europe each year. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only
15-20% of e-waste is recycled, the rest of these electronics go directly into
landﬁlls and incinerators
How would you like your personal data
to be conserved when you can’t control them?
What is remembered in our body and in machine?
REVITAL COHEN & TUUR VAN BALEN
The work seeks to explore the nature of mass-manufacturing products on various scales; from
the geo-political context of hyper-fragmented labour to the bio-political condition of the
human body on the assembly line. Engineering logic has reduced the factory labourer to a man-
machine, through scientiﬁc management of every single movement. By shifting the purpose of
the labourer’s actions from the efﬁcient production of objects to the performance of
choreographed acts, mechanical movement is reinterpreted into dance. What is the value of
this artefact that only exists to support the performance of its own creation? And as the
product dictates the movement, does it become the subject, rendering the worker the object?
This ‘black box’ logic only works when everything is meticulously characterised: every part in
the process must behave in a predictable manner. And within the huge complexity of industrial
manufacturing processes, the biological behaviour of human bodies on an assembly line is not
always predictable enough to ﬁt within this engineering logic. Even before F.W. Taylor wrote ‘The
Principles of Scientiﬁc Management’, Frank and Lilian Gilbreth used time lapse photography to
study the inefﬁciencies in workers’ motions. These chronocyclographs were created by
attaching a camera to a timing device and photographing workers performing various tasks. The
motion paths were traced by small lamps fastened to the worker’s head, hands and ﬁngers.
Vanneavar Bush, Differential analyzer
Nobert Weiner, Cybernetics
Claude Shannon, Machine Learning
Read Only Memory
Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen, 2013
Christine Borland and Brody Condon