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sea

 
 

project: sea

concept: create an interactive memorial for victims of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean

year: 2016

 
 
 
 

research questions: How can we process death and loss?

execution: The audience writes an AI-generated name with water on a concrete wall and sees it disappearing while wave sounds in the background get louder and louder. Water as a painting material is used metaphorically in the context of drowning, the names that get generated in real time by a neural network are unique. The orange rope reminds of abandoned life-vests. The installation aims to give the unknown victims of the refugee-crisis in the Mediterranean a possible name, the slow process of their name disappearing a time to mourn.

tools: water, cement, AI (charRNN), sound

code: github-repo

 
 
installation setup with name disappearing on the wall

installation setup with name disappearing on the wall

 
 
real-time inference via remote server generating new names

real-time inference via remote server generating new names

water on concrete as ephemeral paint for the user

water on concrete as ephemeral paint for the user