Espace [IM]Media

Sébastien Cliche

Superviser l’oubli


Superviser l’oubli is an in-situ installation that is simultaneously articulated in two locations: both in the Sporobole exhibition space and in the nearby Webster parking lot. In the gallery, an image making device is presented as a workshop-laboratory of a personal memory. Objects are displayed, accumulated, classified and archived. In the same vein as server farms data, these objects are both information and memory. This content recording and transmission system is connected with an external reception point. Outside, the public can see the diffusion of these images, monitored inside a guardhouse station – such as a living memory, itself “stored” on an external support that takes place in the cartesian space of the multi-storey parking lot next to Sporobole. As an analog metaphor for digital encoding and automated archiving systems such as social networks, do we know that our memories – now uploaded to the cloud – no longer belong to us?

Being connected today means “existing” in more than one place at a time: our identities are duplicated and updated in real time as we interact digitally, in a round trip between the network and ourselves. How do we escape from this recurring loop? By what means is it possible to take a distance, to observe the mechanisms that monitor, analyze and process our every move through to the virtual?