“On the back part of the step, toward the right, I saw a small iridescent sphere of almost unbearable brilliance. At first I thought it was revolving; then I realised that this movement was an illusion created by the dizzying world it bounded.” — Jorge Luis Borges

(dutch version below)
The Aleph, as described by Jorge Luis Borges in his text “El Aleph” (1945), is a (meta-)physical point, in which one can see the entire universe, from every angle, at the same time.

I have used this metaphor to visualise my memory. In ALEPH I’ve tried to capture the past four years of this study through the collection of photographs I took (1000+) during this period. Each photo has been individually tagged with associations and a perspective, so that in much the same way as I construct mental images in my head, this installation synthesises dynamic images from a given association. These images are presented as mini-Alephs, or sub-Alephs of the greater Aleph of my memory. And that in turn can be browsed by anyone else based on perspective or association. The project was inspired by the (im-)possibilities in representations of the memory, as it is by the (un-)attainable ambition of visual art to represent a reality in a reduced number of dimensions.

Made in OpenFrameworks (the Aleph itself) & Processing (for a perspective & associations saving tool). Frame: 120x120cm, wood, glass, projection.

ALEPH from Tiemen Rapati on Vimeo.

De Aleph, zoals beschreven in “El Aleph” (1945) door Jorge Luis Borges, is een punt waarin het gehele universum te zien is, vanuit elke hoek, tegelijkertijd.

Ik gebruik deze metafoor om de werking van mijn geheugen te visualiseren. In ALEPH heb ik de afgelopen vier jaar op de academie proberen te vangen, waarbij mijn foto’s (1000+) staan voor de herinneringen aan de academieperiode. Elke foto is individueel van associaties en een perspectief voorzien, en op eenzelfde manier als dat ik beelden zie in mijn hoofd synthetiseert de installatie dynamische beelden— mini-Alephs— bij een gegeven associatie, en stelt hij het publiek in staat dmv. een verandering van perspectief mijn associaties bij dit beeld te verkennen. Het project is tot stand gekomen gebaseerd op de (on)mogelijkheden in de vergelijking tussen digitale geheugens en het menselijke, en de (on)mogelijke ambitie van visuele kunst (en het kubisme in het bijzonder) een werkelijkheid in een gereduceerd aantal dimenties weer te geven.

Aleph projection test




Still combining perspectives 01

This project was the result of a long research process that took off in the autumn of 2010 with the question of how a digital memory would look like, versus a current state of a digital environment. This idea was rooted in several previous projects that touched either the subject of memory, or a fascination of a virtual environment. (Object Oriented, Comment Condensator, Perspective Print) Gradually, my interests shifted towards visualising the process of memorising through contemporary machinal metaphors and, at the same time, the problem of having too many dimensions to display. Digital assemblages of snapshots and perspectives…
I took inspiration from the quite interesting popsci books of Douwe Draaisma, the pioneering Cubists from the previous century as well as Archigrams Temple Island project.

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