Pockets Full of Memories
An online and museum installation in which the audience creates an archive by contributing a digitized image of an object in their possession at the time of the exhibition visit. The sum of the archive of objects, organized through a self-organizing map algorithm, is to be projected on a large gallery wall and the audience will be able to interact, regroup, and reformulate relationships through digital devices.
The exhibition/archive's aims are to explore digital datastructures as a site of collective memory, to explore the particularities of an artwork that is experienced simultaneously in the real space and time of the museum and the virtual space/time of the internet. The focus is also on the potential changing role of the audience from receivers to producers, and to reflect on the diversity and make-up of the audience: who they are, what they are interested in, how they describe themselves represented through the objects donated to the archive, and to make accessible and understandable how advanced datastructures function.
Artist's Biography: George Legrady Studio is a research and development office specializing in interactive digital media art installations and publications. Emphasis is on the intersection of fine arts practice, software development and multi-disciplinary theory through an in-depth exploration of new forms of cultural narratives. http://www.merz-akademie.de/faculty/george.legrady (Explorer only)
Born in Budapest, Hungary, George Legrady received a Masters of Fine Arts at the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a professor of Digital Media in the MAT and Art Studio programs at UC Santa Barbara. He has previously held appointments at Merz Academie, Stuttgart, UCLA, San Francisco State University, University of Southern California, California Institute of the Arts, and at the University of Western Ontario. Legrady currently lives in Stuttgart and San Francisco. During the past few years, his media based works have been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Fellowship, Canada Council Media Arts grants in 1997, 1994 and 1992, the "New Voices, New Visions" prize by Interval Research and Voyager Corporation, an honorable mention in interactive media by ID Magazine in 1997, and honorable mentions in the Ars Electronica festival in 1994 and 1988.
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