MNEMOGRAFO, 2016. Installation with modified seismograph, software, Arduino, WiFi, online bots, brass bell, ink on paper and various materials. X:18cm; Y:66cm; Z:33cm
MNEMOGRAFO was commissioned for the exhibition Memorie, hosted in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia at Villa Manin, forty years after the massive earthquake that hit this region in northern Italy in 1976. The artwork was inspired by the seismograph, but instead of merely measuring earthquakes, it bridges virtual and physical realities while merging collective and personal memories from the past and the present.
MNEMOGRAFO utilizes an automatized system of Google Alerts and bots to monitor the presence of online discussions and articles about the ’76 earthquake. Every time a new mention of the topic appears online, the artwork is activated and registers the signal by drawing on a strip of paper, causing a little brass bell to tinkle. The bell is linked to a personal childhood memory. In 1998, a medium-intensity earthquake hit Friuli, forcing residents – my family and me included – to quickly leave their homes and gather outside. Of those confusing moments, I only remember one detail: the sound of a brass bell tinkling.
- Villa Manin, Memorie, curated by Corrado Azzollini e Antonio Giusa. Section “La Meglio Gioventù” curated by Andrea Bruciati, Passariano di Codroipo (UD), Italy
Special thanks to Sam Tarakajian, programmer.
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