The recording of culture, through practices
that include writing and object making, has been an activity present throughout
history, in all civilizations. We are now in an age where a large portion of
our culture and its documentation are virtual. However digital data is
vulnerable to being changed or even erased, potentially making the narrative it
corroborates untrustworthy. In a possible future where our civilization doesn’t
exist anymore and our virtual space is not accessible, all that remains of us
would be a fragmented account of our reality.
This project aims to collect digital data
that once had cultural significance, but has over time been forgotten. Examples
include the original WordArt and WindowsXP Glitch, now existing only in few
Google image searches. Through 3D-printing, the most direct form of translating
virtual to physical, this collected digital data is then “recorded” on historic
vases. These are chosen based on their original method of documentation, be it
writing, painting or the shape itself, which have a clear link to the type of
information imposed onto them.
Updating these vases with new data
transforms them from objects of the past to agents of contemporaneity. The act
of re-contextualising the digital to the physical becomes a form of cultural preservation,
providing future civilizations with a record of the virtual era.