Memory residues

Chiara Catalini


‘Memory residues’ is a series of collectibles that seek to conceptualize what transposes and informs our experience of space.  3D scanning is used as a metaphor to visualize how the mind of an Alzheimer patient works, attempting to address the question of what remains when everything slowly fades away.  

Normally, a 3D scanner projects light patterns onto the surface of an object. The scanner’s camera records photos of the resulting patterns, which then an algorithms uses to reconstruct the digital shape of the object.  However, in the event of a reflecting surface, i.e. a mirror, the pattern’s light is reflected and bounced towards unpredictable directions, resulting in a deformation of the object’s scanned shape.  The six golden artefacts are the result of a scan of six mirrors with family memories printed on them. 

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