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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

‘Atmospheric memory’ during Manchester International Festival

“The most ambitious art project at this year’s festival” – New York Times
A breathtaking immersive art environment, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Atmospheric Memory scours the sky for the voices of our past.

Jul 6, 2019

Inspired by computing pioneer Charles Babbage’s 180-year-old proposal that the air is a ‘vast library’ holding every word ever spoken, Atmospheric Memory asks: 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?

This is the digital hub for Atmospheric Memory, which premiered during summer 2019 (6–21 July) at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum as part of Manchester International Festival 2019.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Science and Industry Museum, FutureEverything, ELEKTRA / Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal and Carolina Performing Arts – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Supported by Wellcome.

Education programme supported by The Granada Foundation.