The low-resolution portraits generated by Hardcoded Memory are a celebration of forgetting. When our only physical records of past experiences were printed photographs, notebooks and films we could only select a few memories to document and store. Many of these would naturally fade from view or become lost, along with our own blurred recollections. Today, however, technology makes virtual forgetting almost impossible.
Hardcoded Memory projects four portrait photographs through over 850 custom-cut Swarovski optical lenses illuminated by white LEDs. These are moved back and forth by a set of rotating cams, transforming the circular projections seen on the gallery wall. Information about the images is contained within the mechanism, through the individual shapes of the cams, setting a definite limit on the number of portraits that can be shown. These digital memories are therefore hard-coded into the display apparatus.