Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, North West, United Kingdom
Atmospheric Memory– a major new commission by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – will be unveiled at the Science and Industry Museum on 6 July as part of Manchester International Festival.
At once a daring artwork and a sensory performance that immerses visitors in an ever-changing audio-visual environment, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s breathtaking installation scours the atmosphere for the voicesof our past. Inspired by computing pioneer Charles Babbage’s 180-year-old proposal that the air is a ‘vast library’ holding every word ever spoken, Atmospheric Memoryasks: was Babbage right? Can we rewind the movement of the air to recreate long- lost voices? And if so, whose would we want to hear?