Over 180 years ago, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer, proposed that the air is a ‘vast library’ of every word ever spoken. His thinking still resonates today in our seeming technological obsession for ‘absolute recollection’. But if our actions and voices are forever impressed in the air, will we ever be able to ‘escape’, be forgotten or set free? Who will take control of our future heritage? And how are today’s technologies shaping our society for years to come?
In a series of events and conversations unfolding around Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Atmospheric Memory, Future Sessions will explore ideas, questions and concerns related to digital futures, heritage, inclusion and ownership.