no memory access


"no memory access" is a work which takes as its theme the disappearance of images from electronic storage banks and the simultaneity of reality and reality-simulations.

Digital photography heralds a new era of the non-material, an era chiefly defined through the loss of the material location-based context. Images and the people appearing in them are now independent of a fixed spot and defined context. They disappear in the murky depths of electronic memory banks, ready to resurface at any time in another form and another context.

The series "no memory access" consists of 18 image-pairs. The motifs were shot in different countries throughout the world. One picture shows people in interaction with their environment, the companion piece shows the same location without the people.

The longer we contemplate a particular pair of photos, the more we fall thrall to a phenomenon whereby a present reality suddenly absconds, becomes absent while inversely a non-present reality reveals itself partially in a simulated form. Where does reality lie?


Personally liable:
Michael Najjar

Design concept & coding: Matthias Hübner,
with support by Marco Land

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