Data Glitches with Random Access Memory

Project and InspirationRandom Access Memory – Materialising mathematical process (algorithm)

This response piece was inspired by, and a “reaction to” the Random Access Memory by Ralf Beacker, who describes the functioning of the project as so:

Random Access Memory is a fully functional digital memory. Instead of operating on semi-conducting components to represent either the binary states of 0 (zero) or 1 (one), the memory uses grains of sand as storage material. In addition, the machine performs a computational process on this memory.”

What’s interesting about this project is not only it’s ability to analyze and memory with mere grains of sand, but also it’s aim to create a “imperfection”. After all, who doesn’t aim to be perfect, right?

This memory mechanism is prone to errors thru misreadings, bouncing grains and other imponderabilities.

It was rather interesting to see how Beacker investigated the relationship in the “pureness” of the mathematical algorithm versus the “impureness” of the material implementation. As a response to this piece, I decided to show the ‘corruption’ of the data should the “impureness” of the material world interfere with the “pureness” of the mathematical algorithm. In this case, the human nature (shown by the ambivalent stare of the model) is the “impureness” corrupting the perfection of the composition.


Shivam Sinha




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