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MEMENTO MEMORIAE is a media-rich poem by award-winning poet, artist and AI researcher Sasha Stiles, whose explorations of the post/human condition frequently probe the relationship between memory and technology, presenting poetry as an ancient and enduring data storage system.
This adaption of an original text–written in 2018/2019 and first published 2021 in the book TECHNELEGY–interpolates visuals conjured via AI text-to-imagination tools alongside their suggestive seed phrases, evincing the liminality of word and image from the earliest days of language to our present experimentation with aleatory aesthetics and generative storytelling.
Thematically, the poem ponders the unreliability of humanity as its own narrator while foregrounding the visceral power of words to make us believe. Performed by Sasha Stiles in 2022, with original music by Kris Bones.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
MEMENTO MORIAE by Sasha Stiles is part of the exhibition RECOLLECTION. AI AND MEMORY presented by EXPANDED.ART in collaboration with The NFT Gallery at their galleries in New York and London, 11 April – 13 May 2023.
19 artists explore the idea of further challenging the concreteness of human memory—personal or collective—through creative collaboration with AI. Memories are nebulous.
Scientific studies and phenomena such as "The Mandela Effect" have shown that humans rarely recall things in their unbiased exactitude. Artificial Intelligence already assists human memory in the form of predictive text and GPS navigation. One would surmise that there exists a role for AI when it comes to supplementing even more complex memory.
Artists: Crashblossom, Ilya Bliznets, Anna Dart, Olga Fedorova, Ross Goodwin, Danielle King, Margaret Murphy, Kika Nicolela, Roope Rainisto, Daria Rastunina, Manuel Rossner, Travis LeRoy Southworth, Anne Spalter, Nathaniel Stern, Sasha Stiles, Stephan Vasement, Nicola Villa, Sabato Visconti, and Erika Weitz.
ABOUT THE NFT
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